Exoplanets and Stellar Astrophysics Laboratory

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, April 16, 2024
03:45 PM - 05:00 PM
ASD Colloquium (Hybrid)
It Takes Two to Tango: Modeling Binary Stellar Populations in the Gravitational Wave Era
Jeff Andrews (University of Florida)

Between the discovery of gravitational waves from over a hundred merging compact objects and the advent of micro-arcsecond astrometry realized by the Gaia space telescope, the study of the complexities of binary stellar evolution - including mass transfer, tides, and r-process nucleosynthesis - has taken on a new urgency. In this talk, I will describe the current status of modeling binary star populations as well as several critical shortcomings that multiple groups throughout the field are working to address. In particular, I will introduce our binary population synthesis code, POSYDON, which combines large grids of MESA simulations with machine learning algorithms to produce the next generation of binary population models. In addition to their implications for the origin of gravitational wave sources, these models promise to improve our interpretation of a wide range of stellar population observations, ranging from nearby open clusters to galaxies at high redshift. Finally, I will speculate on the importance of forthcoming observations to constrain key binary evolution processes.

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Thursday, April 18, 2024
01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Let's Talk DEIA Engagement Series
Featuring David Reth, Director of Management Operations (Code 200), NASA Goddard.

This session is intended to be an informal opportunity for the Goddard workforce to engage with senior leaders as part of the Center’s DEIA Strategic Implementation Plan. Please bring your curiosity, your questions, and your lunch!

Register by April 16, 2024 at this Registration Link
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Thursday, April 18, 2024
03:45 PM - 05:00 PM
Special ASD Colloquium (Hybrid)
Observational Benchmarks of Chemical Evolution from Extreme Emission Line Galaxies
Danielle Berg (University of Texas in Austin)

The advent of the James Webb Space Telescope has opened our first window onto detailed abundance studies of high redshift (z > 6) extreme emission line galaxies. The coming years will provide the first spectroscopic samples of these galaxies in the epoch of reionization with which we can constrain their chemical compositions and histories and resulting conditions that shaped the escape of ionizing photons. As we build our samples of high-ionization nebular emission lines and absorption profiles of outflowing gas, we can begin to understand how the time-dependent nature of elemental production affects our interpretation of different epochs of galaxies and the resulting strung-together evolutionary story. I will present recent HST and JWST observations of the dynamic ISM across multiple epochs and the lessons we are learning about chemical evolution, star formation histories, and feedback prescriptions.

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Hubble, TESS, and James Webb Mission Posters.

Mission Posters

Please check out these awesome mission posters for the Hubble Space Telescope, the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) and the James Webb Space Telescope missions.

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Celebrating 30 years in orbit, the Hubble Space Telescope has revealed astonishing secrets about our universe. Yet, while its most famous pictures may reveal galaxies and nebulas across the cosmos, it’s also unlocked secrets here in our own solar system.

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