Magnetic fields in the interacting Antenna Galaxies

The Antenna Galaxies are located about 50 million light years away in the constellation Corvus the Crow. The magnetic fields in this pair of interacting galaxies are overlaid on an image from the Hubble Space Telescope.


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Mapping Cosmic Magnetism in the Space Between the Stars
Monday, October 2, 2023
7:30 pm, Morrison Planetarium

Featuring Dr. Susan Clark, Stanford University

The Universe is magnetic. From stars to galaxies to intergalactic space, magnetic fields thread the cosmos. Our home galaxy, the Milky Way, hosts a magnetic field that helps to sculpt the interstellar medium: the “stuff between the stars” out of which new stars are born, and into which some old stars explode. Join us on a tour of magnetism in the Milky Way galaxy and beyond, and learn how we measure magnetic fields in interstellar space.

About Susan Clark, PhD

Dr. Susan Clark is an astrophysicist at Stanford University.

Susan Clark received her PhD in 2017 from Columbia University, spent time as a NASA Hubble postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study, and has been an Assistant Professor of Physics at Stanford University since 2021.

Her research focuses on astrophysical magnetism and the physics of the interstellar medium, from diffuse gas to dense, star-forming regions. Susan’s research group at Stanford uses both data and numerical simulations to study the magnetic universe and the complex processes that shape the interstellar environment.

Susan is also passionate about making STEM more inclusive. In addition to teaching at Stanford, she has taught college-level astrophysics at two different correctional facilities through the Princeton Prison Teaching Initiative.