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    Abby Mintz to Speak as Featured Guest for Nantucket
    Maria Mitchell Association’s Winter Science Speaker

    Nantucket, MA – On February 24 th at 7pm, the Nantucket Maria Mitchell Association (MMA) is hosting a live lecture entitled, “From Near to Far: Exploring How Stars Form and Galaxies Evolve” presented by former MMA National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates (NSF-REU) intern, Abby Mintz. This talk is part of our FREE Winter Science Speaker Series and will be held via Zoom.

    How do stars and galaxies form? Surprisingly, there is a lot about these processes that is still unknown! To shed some light on these mysteries, we will take a look at star clusters in our local neighborhood and then travel to distant galaxies billions of light years away. We will learn about how massive stars’ turbulent shockwaves impact star formation in their environments and locate the missing matter in faraway galaxies to see what it can tell us about their pasts and futures. How did our universe get to its current state? Let’s find out together!

    Abby Mintz is a senior at Yale University studying astrophysics and statistics. She is passionate about researching the origins of stars and galaxies, which she had a wonderful time doing as an MMA NSF-REU intern in the summer of 2019. She has since conducted research on the turbulent conditions of star forming regions at the Harvard and Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and continued her MMA research on the evolution of distant galaxies at the Space Telescope Science Institute. She believes that the best part of researching the cosmos is sharing the results with others and is looking forward to bringing the wonders of space to the MMA speaker series!

    To register for this event, please follow the link below:

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    This series is organized by the Maria Mitchell Association, a private non-profit organization. Founded in 1902, the MMA works to preserve the legacy of Nantucket native astronomer, naturalist, librarian, and educator, Maria Mitchell. The Maria Mitchell Association operates two observatories, a natural science museum, an aquarium, a research center, and preserves the historic birthplace of Maria Mitchell. A wide variety of science and history-related programming is offered throughout the year for people of all ages.


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