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2 mins read 05 Dec 2019

The Skyentists 28: A tale of galactic cannibalism

Skyentists 28: A tale of Galactic Cannibalism

The Skyentists featuring Ángel and Kirsten sitting in front of a computer recording the podcast

Introduction

And we are back for Season 3! For this episode of The Skyentists astronomers Kirsten Banks and Ángel López-Sánchez first, provide a very broad summary of our Season 2. This is the "Space News!" section for this episode, as in the last few months there has been some very interesting news that can be connected with the topics we discussed in Season 2.

However, the star of the episode is our very own Kirsten, who has not only submitted her Honour Thesis but has been also accepted to do a Ph.D. Thesis at UNSW, Sydney!

She describes the research she has conducted for her Honour Thesis about Bright Cluster Galaxies (BCGs) trying to understand how they have gained their mass during the last few billion years of the Universe.

For "What's Up!" Ángel describes some curiosities about the bright star Rigel in Orion. 

The Skyentists

Kirsten Banks is a proud Wiradjuri woman, astrophysicist and science communicator. She’s always had her eyes on the skies and loves to share her passion for space and astronomy. Kirsten jumps at almost every opportunity to share the wonders of the Universe with a wide range of people, from speaking to students at schools to sharing her love for space on national television programs such as ABC’s Q&A. In the years to come, Kirsten looks forward to completing a Ph.D. and becoming Dr. Kirsten Banks. 

Dr. Ángel López-Sánchez is an astronomer and science communicator at the Australian Astronomical Optics and the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the Macquarie University. He studies how the gas is converted into stars in nearby galaxies and how this affects galaxy evolution. He also provides support for visiting astronomers to the Anglo-Australian Telescope. He is a globally-recognised science communicator, with visibility in Spanish and Australian printed, broadcast, and social media (one of the Top-100 most-followed astrophysicists on Twitter). His stunning astronomy timelapse videos have received 1/4 million views on YouTube and have been used by ABC (Australia), BBC (UK), TVE (Spain) and in Science Museums worldwide. He is very active in social media, his Twitter feed is @El_Lobo_Rayado.

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