YAE Family STEM Forum: Astronomy Talk
Online Attendance Only
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Please join us to learn more about astronomy during the Youth for Astronomy and Engineering Program “Family STEM Forum” followed by an opportunity to ask questions. This event is free to attend, but online pre-registration is encouraged. To learn more about the YAE Program, visit https:www.stsci.edu/yae.
Speaker: Dr. Nimisha Kumari (Space Telescope Science Institute)
Title: Cloudy with a Chance of Stars
Abstract: How do stars form? This simple question has continued to intrigue humankind for centuries, and is one of the most explored topics of contemporary astrophysics. Stars form in galaxies but not all galaxies are forming stars. Spiral and blue compact dwarf galaxies are some galaxy types where stars form. I will talk about the star-forming regions within these galaxies. What does a typical star-forming region look like? What is it composed of? How are stars born in these regions? This talk will be about what we know and do not know about the physics of star-formation, and how astronomers around the world are trying to answer various related questions with ground-based and space telescopes.