H1 – Commission H1 The Local Universe


Commission H1 focuses on "near-field cosmology", i.e., studies of the Milky Way and its surrounding galaxies. A primary goal is to explore how galaxies in different environments and across a wide range of masses formed and evolved. Recent, ongoing, and forthcoming surveys in all wavelength ranges along with theoretical modeling are flourishing and are providing an unprecedentedly detailed picture of the evolution of our Galaxy and other nearby systems. These efforts exploit the stellar fossil record of ages, detailed chemistry, and kinematics to explore the assembly history and continuing evolution of the Galaxy and its neighbors, complemented by comprehensive studies of the multi-phase interstellar medium and studies of the small-scale distribution of dark matter. The exploration of the nearby universe is a vibrant field that combines and indeed requires efforts in a wide range of astronomical disciplines as epitomized by the membership of Commission H1 and by the IAU meetings that it organizes or supports.

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Division H Interstellar Matter and Local Universe

Gražina Tautvaisiene — National Outreach Coordinator

Vilnius University
Institute of Theoretical Physics and Astronomy
Sauletekio av. 3
10257 Vilnius

Phone: +370 370 618 49941
Personal website: https://www.ff.vu.lt/en/itpa/staff/tautvaisiene
Organization website: https://www.ff.vu.lt/en/itpa

NCA adherence: Lithuania

Last updated:
January 5, 2024

Matthias Steinmetz

Leibniz-Institut für Astrophysik Potsdam (AIP)
Extragalactic Astrophys-Cosmology Department
An der Sternwarte 16
14482 Potsdam

Phone: +49 331 7499 800
Personal website: http://www.aip.de/members/msteinmetz
Organization website: http://www.aip.de/

NCA adherence: Germany

Last updated:
November 20, 2023


National Astronomical Observatory of Japan
2-21-1 Osawa
Tokyo 181-8588

Phone: +81 42 234 3531
Organization website: http://www.nao.ac.jp

NCA adherence: Japan

Last updated:
November 20, 2023

Dante Minniti

Universidad Andres Bello
Department of Physics
Fernandez Concha 700
Las Condes

Organization website: https://vvvsurvey.org

NCA adherence: Chile

Last updated:
November 20, 2023

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