About Event

Wed 8 Feb 2023


This colloquium is hosted by STScI and will be held as an in-person event.


3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EST

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Have questions? Please contact STScI.


The results of the Gaia astrometric mission have ushered in a new era of "precision Galactic dynamics". Using this new phase-space map of Galactic stars with unprecedented volume and accuracy, we are beginning to obtain new insights into the dark matter distribution in our Galaxy as well as its formation history. Thanks to significant advances on the computational front, meanwhile, we can now compare these insights directly with, and test our modeling strategies on, simulations of Milky-Way-mass galaxies where the influence of baryons and the cosmological context on the dark matter structure are realistically taken into account. I will demonstrate how this convergence of new data and better models improves our understanding of the Milky Way's dark matter distribution, leading to better constraints on the nature of dark matter and insights into its role in the formation of galaxies large and small.

Speaker: Robyn Sanderson (University of Pennsylvania)


All 2023 Spring Colloquium talks are held on Wednesdays at 3:00 PM.  You may join the colloquium in person at STScI’s John N. Bahcall Auditorium or virtually or at the links listed below. 

Please direct questions or comments to contact above. The Spring Colloquium Committee members are: JHU Members: Kevin Schlaufman, Co-Chair, Ethan Vishniac, Arshia Jacob and STScI Members: Joel Green, Co-chair, Armin Rest, Co-chair and Andreea Petric.