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Astrobites at AAS 235: Day 2

7 Jan 2020, 17:00 UTC
Astrobites at AAS 235: Day 2
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Welcome to the winter American Astronomical Society (AAS) meeting in Honolulu, Hawai’i! Astrobites is attending the conference as usual, and we will report highlights from each day here. If you’d like to see more timely updates during the day, we encourage you to search the #aas235 hashtag on twitter. We’ll be posting once a day during the meeting, so be sure the visit the site often to catch all the news!

AAS Prize Presentations and Plenary Lecture: The Role of Feedback in the Evolution of Galaxies (by Ellis Avallone)This morning started off with Megan Donahue (Michigan State University) awarding AAS prizes. To read more about the prizes and their winners look out for a press release by AAS later this week!Next, Tim Heckman (Johns Hopkins University) discussed where we’re at in understanding galaxy evolution. Heckman began by introducing this topic through the lens of cosmology. “We’re in the era of precision cosmology.” Because of this, we now have a very good understanding of the evolution of dark matter haloes that surround galaxies as they form and grow. However, we still don’t understand much of the underlying physics that’s involved in the current model of galactic evolution, in which galaxies ...

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