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The importance of being eccentric: Stars and gas in the Galactic center

Event Details

Event Dates: 

Monday, February 29, 2016 - 4:00pm

Seminar Location: 

  • JILA Auditorium

Speaker Name(s): 

Ann-Marie Madigan

Speaker Affiliation(s): 

UC Berkeley
Seminar Type/Subject

Scientific Seminar Type: 

  • Astrophysical & Planetary Sciences Seminar

Event Details & Abstract: 

The center of our Galaxy is home to a supermassive black hole, SgrA*, and a nuclear star cluster a million times more dense than our local neighborhood. In this talk I will present the latest observations of the stars and gas clouds that live in this extreme environment. I’ll show how their surprising dynamics helps explain a wealth of observational data from event horizon scales all the way out to the Galactic halo.