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SciCafe: The Milky Way as You've Never Seen It Before

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October 3, 2018


Join us for the opening of the 10th season of SciCafe! Museum astrophysicist Jackie Faherty discusses her current work visualizing and studying the universe using newly-released data from the Gaia catalog. In April, the Gaia space telescope released its second catalog of over 1.3 billion stellar distances, this unprecedented dataset is helping astronomers map the Milky Way like never before.

This SciCafe took place in the past. Listen to the full talk on the Science@AMNH podcast, or watch the video version here:

About the Speaker

Jackie Faherty

Dr. Jackie Faherty is a senior scientist and senior education manager in the American Museum of Natural History’s Department of Astrophysics and the Department of Education—a unique position that lets her pursue scientific research while mentoring and advising education programs for students and the general public alike. She is working at the forefront of brown dwarf and exoplanet atmosphere detection and characterization. Dr. Faherty received her Bachelor’s degree in physics from the University of Notre Dame in 2001 and her Ph.D. in physics from Stony Brook University in 2010.  After graduate school, she received a National Science Foundation International Research Fellowship, which she took to the Universidad de Chile in Santiago. She then received a prestigious NASA Hubble Fellowship, which she took to the Carnegie Institution for Science.


Read more

  • Listen in on a Star Talk Radio interview with Faherty, primatologist Natalia Reagan, and comic co-host Chuck Niceabout exploring our solar neighborhood.
  • Learn how astronomers are utilizing data from the European Space Agency’s Gaia mission to better understand star evolution.
  • Read more about the crowdsourced Citizen Science search that helped scientists identify a brown dwarf
  • Tune in to Faherty’s “I Need My Space” podcast episode on Why Outer Space and Poetry Are a Match Made in the Heavens

Recent Publications

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