Upcoming Meetings

 Meetings are held monthly from September through May and normally start at 7:00pm at the La Posada Recreation Center, located in Green Valley, AZ. Twice a year (December and May) dinners are held before the meeting. The dinners normally start at 5:45pm. A brief business meeting is held prior to the main presentation. Meetings last about one and one half hours. The next scheduled meeting is:

DATE: April 10th, 2018
 SPEAKER: Ekta Patel
Satellite Galaxies and Dwarfs in the Local Group
Ekta will review the current classification system used to identify types of galaxies. She will then present an overview of satellite galaxies and how astronomers use them to understand the formation and evolution of the Milky Way and Andromeda galaxies. She will explain her current research, which uses computer simulations of the universe to study satellite galaxies in a context beyond the scope of what observations alone can teach us.

 Ekta Patel is a third year graduate student in UA’s Department of Astronomy and Steward Observatory, pursuing her doctoral degree in Astronomy & Astrophysics. Ekta is a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow and holds a B.A. in physics from New York University. Her theoretical research focuses on the orbital evolution of satellite galaxies