Maureen Teyssier

Columbia University, PhD Candidate

Putting the Hubble Images in Context: Understanding Our Local Universe

It's likely that you have seen the beautiful images taken by Hubble Space Telescope on the cover of a magazine, on TV, or at an Astronomy talk. These images are everywhere- they have changed how people (scientists as well as the public) see the Universe. On the other hand, very few people understand how these phenomenal images of supernovae, planetary nebulae, dwarf galaxies, etc. fit into the Local Universe. I'm not interested in telling you exactly how far away something is, or telling you what it's sky coordinates are. I am interested in imparting a physical understanding of how the Local Universe is structured. On April 3rd, I want to answer questions like this: Where do you find dwarf galaxies, black holes, star clusters, luminescent gas?