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The Universe in Absorption

Location: UH Hilo Campus UCB 127 (Fishbowl)

It is often said, "all astronomers have is light to study the universe," because astronomical objects can't be studied in the lab.

This presentation focuses on how astronomers can even learn from the absence of light! As light from bright, distant objects traverse the universe, intervening gas clouds—between, around, and in galaxies—absorb the light at wavelengths characteristic, albeit redshifted, of the chemical elements in the clouds.

By identifying and modeling the elements associated with absorption-line systems, we learn about how gas is processed through and dispersed from galaxies over cosmic time.

Kathy Cooksey
Department of Physics and Astronomy, UH Hilo
Kathy Cooksey, an assistant professor in astronomy, received her Ph.D. in 2009 from University of California Santa Cruz and was an NSF Postdoctoral Fellow at MIT until starting at UH Hilo in January 2014; both institutions enabled her to learn about science pedagogy and practice teaching. She researches the large-scale gaseous structure in the universe to understand how various elements cycle in and out of galaxies, over cosmic time. She enjoys soccer, hiking, and camping—and crocheting and watching anime, on the sedentary side.

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