Florian Niederhofer (AIP)

The Magellanic Clouds - Discovering our Neighbours
When Apr 05, 2018 from 02:30 PM to 03:30 PM
  • Colloquium
Where SH Lecture Hall
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The Large and Small Magellanic Clouds (LMC and SMC) are the most prominent neighbours of our Milky Way. They are recently acquired dwarf satellites of our Galaxy and are in the early phases of a minor merger event. The dynamical interplay between the Clouds led to the complex morphology of the two Clouds and the formation of tidal features such as the Magellanic Bridge connecting the two dwarf galaxies, and the gaseous Magellanic Stream. Thanks to its close vicinity (50-60 kpc) and position above the Milky Way disk, the Magellanic system provides a good opportunity to study in detail its morphology, kinematics and resolved stellar populations. Furthermore, the LMC and SMC host a rich system of massive star clusters, spanning a large range of ages, which is not observed in the Milky Way.

In the first part of this talk, I will give an overview of the Magellanic system, including latest results and present scientific highlights from the ongoing near-infrared VISTA survey of the Magellanic Clouds system (VMC), a survey specially designed to study in detail multiple aspects of the interacting pair of galaxies. In the second part, I will concentrate on Magellanic Cloud star clusters and recent discoveries in this field.