The Wonderful World of Peculiar Galaxies

The Whirlpool Galaxy, M51. Image Credit: Gordon Bulger


It was only 100 years ago that Edwin Hubble discovered that the universe contains billions and billions of other galaxies beyond the Milky Way. He created a system to allow his fellow astronomers to classify galaxies at a glance. But there existed a subset of galaxies, peculiar galaxies, that refused to be so easily cataloged. It took several more decades before astronomers realized that these were the wreckage of galactic collisions, a dance that takes place over billions of years. Come hear NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador Dr. Ray Garner give you the steps to this galactic dance and how the James Webb Space Telescope is giving us new insights into these peculiar galaxies!

Jul 18, 2023 10:00 AM — 11:00 AM
Stark Library
715 Market Ave N., Canton, OH 44702
Ray Garner
Ray Garner
TAMU Astronomy Postdoctoral Researcher

I’m a scientist, Star Wars fan, and amateur photographer raised in Georgia. My research interests include galaxy evolution, star formation, satellite galaxies, and nebular diagnostics.