Institute of Astronomy

Using the Magellanic Clouds to understand the interaction of galaxies

SpeakerTalk DateTalk Series
Maria-Rosa Cioni (AIP)6 June 2019Institute of Astronomy Colloquia


The interaction of dwarf galaxies and the accretion of dwarf galaxies onto
massive galaxies are two common processes in the formation and evolution of
galaxies. These phenomena can be studied in detail in our neighbourhood. The
Large and Small Magellanic Clouds interact with each other and are on a path
of tidal disruption under the influence of the Milky Way. In this
colloquium, I will present the current view of the Magellanic system and I
will highlight some of the measurements that characterise the history and
structure of the galaxies, as well as their kinematics from the observations
of resolved stellar populations. In particular, I will focus on results
obtained from the VISTA  near-infrared survey of the Magellanic Clouds
system and from other contemporary surveys at different wavelengths.


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