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Our Cosmic Ballet

Part of Astronomy Online

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Milky Way galaxy Credit: ESA/Gaia/DPAC
All objects in the universe are in constant motion.

Throughout our 13-billion-year history, and looking forward into the not-so-distant future, stars zip by each other, space objects collide, and galaxies merge. Astrophysicist Jackie Faherty uses the power of the Museum's digital software to show guests the cosmic ballet of stars and galaxies as they dance around each other through time.

This program took place on February 25, 2020. View a playlist of Astronomy Online events.


Meet the Presenter

Jackie Faherty

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. She is working at the forefront of brown dwarf and exoplanet studies with over 80 peer reviewed papers on the topic and numerous top awards and grants won. She co-runs the dynamic research group called Brown Dwarfs in New York City, the extremely popular citizen science project called Backyard Worlds and is a leading expert in visualizing Gaia data in the form you are about to see. 

Please note: There is no late seating in the Hayden Planetarium Space Theater. Guests arriving after the program starts will not be permitted to enter the dome.

Worlds Beyond Earth is dedicated to the memory of Charles Hayden in celebration of the 150th anniversary of his birth and made possible by the generous support of the Charles Hayden Foundation.

Support for Hayden Planetarium Programs is provided by the Horace W. Goldsmith Endowment Fund.

Selected Hayden Planetarium Programs are sponsored by JetBlue.