IAP Independent Activities Period
overview participate organize offerings calendar  
for-credit subjects non-credit activities by category non-credit activities by sponsor non-credit activities by date

IAP 2010 Activity

MIT Physics Lecture Series: f

The Magellanic Clouds: Milky Way Satellites or Just Passing By?
Dr. Nitya Kallivayalil
Tue Jan 19, 01:30-02:30pm, 6-120

Single session event

The Magellanic Clouds, two of the Milky Way's closest neighboring galaxies, have been studied for centuries and used for navigation by the world's earliest explorers. Current theories of their evolution involve intense interaction with the Milky Way in which gas is stripped (the 'Magellanic Stream') from them as they orbit through the Milky way disk plane. However, recent 3-D velocities of the Clouds, obtained with HST, indicate that they might not be satellites of the Milky Way at all, but are rather on their first pass. This requires a reassessment of our understanding of the Clouds and the Milky Way.
Contact: Nancy Boyce, 4-315, 253-4461, nboyce@mit.edu
Sponsor: Physics
Latest update: 04-Nov-2009

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Home | Overview | Participate | Organize | Offerings | Calendar | Search
Comments and questions to: iap-www@mit.edu Academic Resource Center, Room 7-104, 617-253-1668
Last update: 19 August 2010