Wandering through the realms of the cosmos, pondering its huge vastness

“The Birth and Death of the Milky Way Galaxy” – A Talk by Dr. Reinabelle Reyes

In the country now is our very own Dr. Reinabelle Reyes, a Filipino Astrophysicist, and Fellow of the Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics, University of Chicago.

Dr. Reyes will be giving lectures on “The Birth and Death of the Milky Way” during her stay in the country. Below is the abstract of here talk:


Our Milky Way galaxy is one of hundreds of billions of galaxies in the Universe. In this talk, I will use the latest cosmological simulations to tell the story of how galaxies have formed over the last ten billion years, and how our own Milky Way galaxy will meet its end a “mere” three billion years from now.

Everyone is invited to come.

You may catch her at the following dates and venues:

Feb. 8, 2012: Ateneo de Manila University

Feb. 11, 2012: The Mind Museum

Feb. 13, 2012: University of the Philippines-Diliman

Details: 1:30 to 3:00 pm in iCSI-1A in the National Institute of Physics

Feb. 15, 2012: De La Salle University – Main Campus

Details: 3:30 pm at SJ-504

[Updates] Posted by Dr. Reinabelle Reyes herself through her Facebook account:

Upcoming astro talks:

  • Feb. 16 (Thursday) :  UPLB | 2:00pm Math Bldg Rm 112.
  • Feb 21 (Tuesday) : PSHS-Diliman |  2:30pm
  • Feb 22 (Wed) : DLSU-Taft |  12pm (NAW symposium)
  • Feb 24 (Friday) : San Juan National HS | 11am
  • Feb 24 (Friday) : PUP-San Juan | 9am
  • Feb 24 (Friday) : San Juan National HS | 11am 
  • Feb 24 (Friday) : PUP-Main | 1:30pm 

Dr. Reinabelle Reyes is best known for receiving the “Chambliss Astronomy Achievement Student Award” for her major role in the discovery of the largest number of “obscured quasars,” which are “super massive” black holes in the centers of galaxies cloaked in gas and dust.

She graduated with a B.S. Physics degree from the Ateneo de Manila University in 2005 (summa cum laude). She earned her PhD in astrophysics from Princeton University. At present, Dr. Reyes studies weak gravitational lensing in galaxy surveys, namely SDSS (Sloan Digital Sky Survey) and DES (Dark Energy Survey).

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