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Galaxy Ecosystems: A Grand Ballet

8 Jun 2018, 15:01 UTC
Galaxy Ecosystems: A Grand Ballet
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In June of 2017, the National Radio Astronomy Observatory invited four artists to a conference at New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology to interpret, for the public through their art, the four science cases that would drive the design of the next generation very large array telescope. One artist, Eddie Edwards, spent some time talking with the group of scientists, who wrote some of the galaxy ecosystem science cases, and developed an interpretative video about what the ngvla might observe in radio wavelengths in 2034, when it’s estimated to be operational. We asked her a few questions about how she was able to develop her video collage, given the complex science and math concepts involved in radio astronomy. Here’s what she said:
1. The concept of an ecosystem provides insight into how we might understand galaxy formation. How are you deciphering the meaning of a galaxy ecosystem the ngvla science team came up with?
The piece is not so much about the process or sequence of events, even though star formation and the cycle of regeneration are part of it, as it is about the ever-present activity of forces within the ecosystem – a grand ballet of magnetic fields, ...

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