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Past ALVA events

Galactic Crash Tests

ALVA is arranging a talk by Dr. Florent Renaud about galactic collisions. The abstract of the talk is as follows:

The most widely accepted theory of galaxy formation claims that a major aspect of the assembly of galaxies is the interaction and mergers with their neighbours. Such interactions are commonly observed as distorted galaxies which host violent bursts of star formation. However, the physical explanation of their peculiar shapes came relatively recently, thanks to computer simulations, and we are still working on theories to explain the observed starbursts. During this talk, I will take you on a journey around the most beautiful galaxies and I will present how state-of-the-art simulations help us to understand the physics at stake. I will conclude on a warning note about the forthcoming collision between our galaxy the Milky Way and its neighbour Andromeda ... Take shelter!

Thursday 28 February, 2019, 19:00

Astronomihuset, Sölvegatan 27

Poster with picture of galaxies

ALVA and Nova Stella celebrate Astronomy Day and Night!

To celebrate the Astronomy Day and Night (Astronomins dag och natt), ALVA collaborates with Nova Stella to host talks, children's activities, posters and an art exhibition by Frida Åstrand. The theme of this event is Red Planet, Blue Planet and everyone is welcome!

Saturday 29 September, 2018, 17:00

Astronomihuset, Sölvegatan 27

Talks (given in English)

(17:00 - 17:30) - Short presentation and discussion about studying astronomy (presentation by Eric Andersson).

(17:30 - 18:15) - Talk by Sanna Alwmark from the Geology department about cratering on Mars as part of NASA:s Mars research.

(18:30 - 19:15) - Talk by Giorgi Kokaia from the Astronomy department about how our galaxy impacts life on Earth.

(19:30 - 20:15) - Talk by Matthäus Schulik from the Astronomy department about past water on Mars.

Other activities

(17:00 - 20:00) - Children activities where younger people can learn about astronomy by doing different experiments.

(17:00 - 22:30) - Art exhibition by Frida Åstrand with astronomy motives using acrylic colours (see below for more info).

(20:15 - 22:00) - Observations using the astronomy department telescope, provided the weather allows it.

Poster with Earth and Mars

The Extremely Large Telescope

A talk on the future of European ground-based astronomy by Michele Cirasuolo

Monday 3 April, 2017, 19:00

Café Athen, AF-borgen, Sandgatan 2

Note that the talk is not in Astronomihuset!

In Michele's own words:
The Extremely Large Telescope (ELT) is a revolutionary scientific facility that will allow the ESO astronomical community to address many of the most pressing unsolved questions about our Universe. The ELT is now under construction and with its 39-metre primary mirror it will be the largest optical/near-IR telescope in the world. I will present an overview of the ELT Programme, focusing on the latest status of the telescope and its instrumentation, and highlight the key science drivers.

Poster with a telescope