Is There a Galactic Fog?

Mike McCourt
Event Date: 
Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - 6:00pm
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Astronomers have recently discovered that even the darkest, most desolate reaches of galaxies are full of gas clouds. These clouds challenge our understanding of how galaxies form. However, Mike McCourt, a KITP astrophysicist, will show that you can understand them just by sitting on the beach and watching the fog roll in. Though fog is made of air and water, it behaves very differently from either one of those alone. Could galaxies be filled with the cosmic analog of fog? Come find out as McCourt clues us in over dinner and drinks.