Location: Conference Space (rooms A2, B2 and C2), 2nd floor, New Student Centre
The Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope (CFHT, 1979-), a 3.5-metre class instrument, has been a consistently productive and competitive instrument during its decades long life. Science evolves, and the instruments for science must evolve too. The CFHT will be decommissioned in 2021, and the plan is to replace it with the Maunakea Spectroscopic Explorer (MSE), an ambitious 11.25-metre dedicated multi-object spectroscopic facility, which will be the leading instrument of its kind at first light in 2026. Canada is the originator, and one of the leaders in the project, which represents an exciting opportunity for the country and its international partners to explore cutting edge science.
About the Speaker
Dr. McConnachie was trained at the University of St. Andrews, and the Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge. His research interests cover all aspects of galaxy formation and evolution, particularly in relation to the nearest galaxies and their resolved stellar populations. He has been active in the area of Galactic Archaeology, which uses the positions, dynamics, ages, and chemical properties of the resolved stars to reveal the evolutionary paths of galaxies. This approach perfectly complements observations of the more distant Universe, where we see snapshots of many more galaxies at earlier stages in their evolution, but for which much less detailed information is available.