August 13, 2023 ALP Astronomy Experts Speaker Series featuring Hillary Diane Andales

“Searching for the Oldest Stars and Galaxies in the Universe”
By Hillary Diane Andales
Ph.D. Student in Astronomy & Astrophysics, The University of Chicago
Filipino Science Communicator

On August 13, 2023, at 10:00 a.m. Philippine Standard Time (August 12, 2023 Saturday, 10:00 p.m. EDT), the Astronomical League of the Philippines would like to invite everyone to an online lecture by Ms. Hillary Diane Andales, a young and brilliant Filipina physicist who will talk on “Searching for the Oldest Stars and Galaxies in the Universe”.

Ms. Hillary Diane Andales studies the oldest stars and galaxies in the cosmos. A native of Abuyog near Tacloban, Leyte, and a graduate of Philippine Science High School – Eastern Visayas Campus, she earned her bachelor’s degree in Physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) this year, and she will soon start her Ph.D. in Astronomy & Astrophysics at the University of Chicago.
While at MIT, she received the Barrett Prize and the Chambliss Medal for her outstanding research on galactic archaeology. Eager to make the physics community more inclusive, she also served as President of the MIT Society of Physics Students. Outside of MIT, she is a dynamic and creative Filipino science communicator whose work has reached more than 8 million viewers worldwide. In 2017, she received $400,000 worth of prizes after winning the international competition, Breakthrough Junior Challenge.
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What was the early universe like? This is the big question that stellar and galactic archaeologists seek to answer. Much like how archaeologists search for fossils to learn about the early Earth, we look for cosmic fossils, such as billions-of-years-old stars and galaxies, to learn about the early universe. Using the clues from these fossils, we can answer even more big questions: How do galaxies form? Where do heavy elements like gold come from? What is the nature of dark matter? The emerging fields of galactic and stellar archaeology might hold some clues!

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