Amina Helmi

Titels Prof. dr.
Initials A.
Main position Hoogleraar RUG
Disciplines Astronomy, astrophysics
Chair Dynamica, structuur en vorming van de Melkweg
Domain Natural Sciences and Engineering
Membership Member
Since 2017
Member of Natural Sciences and Engineering
Employed by Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
Faculty of Science and Engineering, Kapteyn Instituut
Postbus 800
9700 AV  Groningen
tel.  050 363 4045
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Amina Helmi studies the history of the Milky Way. She has shown how the residue of smaller galaxies merged to form the Milky Way as we know it. She did this by developing models and simulations based on telescope data. Helmi and her team were among the first to sift through the vast amount of data provided by the GAIA satellite. She showed how stars from the outer regions of the Milky Way move through our galaxy like wayward drivers speeding in the wrong direction. Helmi is a former member of The Young Academy.