December 4 @ 1:00 pm EST - 3:30 pm EST
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Writing the Universe Outside Our Galaxy
What lies beyond the spiral arms of the Milky Way? What other kinds of galaxies exist besides our own? Could intelligent life have developed in any of them, and could we ever travel there? In this Research for Writers seminar, we will explore the universe beyond the confines of our own galaxy. Beginning with the Magellanic Clouds, we will consider our closest neighbors to the Milky Way, and see how they are connected to our galaxy by a tenuous bridge of gas and stars. We will survey the swarm of dwarf galaxies clustered around our own—many of them remnants of larger galaxies the Milky Way has devoured—and then move out to the Andromeda Galaxy, a spiral even larger than our own and with its own retinue of dwarfs and remnants. We will examine the dynamics of these two orbiting galaxy groups, and their probable collision billions of years from now, before moving even further out to examine the Virgo Supercluster and even larger possible structures composed of millions of other galaxies. Along the journey we will consider the possibility of life and alien civilizations in each of the galaxy types that we encounter—and whether we might ever journey out to discover them.
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