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Dr. R. Brent Tully

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UH Institute for Astronomy

Employment History


  • Ph.D.
    University of Maryland
  • B.S.
    University of British Columbia
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UH Institute for Astronomy ..., 14 April 2015 [cached]
UH Institute for Astronomy (IfA) researcher R. Brent Tully and IfA director Dr. Günther Hasinger
HONOLULU - UH Institute for Astronomy (IfA) researcher R. Brent Tully made world news when he identified the full extent of our home supercluster of 100 thousand galaxies and named it Laniakea. The recipient of numerous prestigious astronomical awards, he has chosen to build on IfA's global prominence by using $264,000 of his prize money to establish the R. Brent Tully Distinguished Visitors Endowed Fund for the Institute for Astronomy.
Hasinger concluded, "We are most grateful to Brent for his vision and incredible generosity."
R. Brent Tully was born in Toronto, Canada, on March 9, 1943, and grew up in Vancouver, Canada. He received Bachelors and Doctoral degrees from the universities of British Columbia and Maryland. Following graduation, he took a year off to go around the world, before settling in the south of France for two years as a postdoctoral fellow. It was during that period that he was involved in the publication of what became known as the "Tully-Fisher Relation", a method for determining the distances to galaxies, and thus the scale and age of the universe.
Immediately afterward, Tully joined the faculty at the University of Hawai'i, where he has built his career over forty years. His interests have focused on the nature of the large-scale structure of the universe, by examining how galaxies form and gather together through the gravitational influence of mysterious dark matter. Over the years he has been involved in efforts to map the near part of the universe. This work culminated in the identification of the full extent of our home supercluster of 100 thousand galaxies that he named the Laniakea Supercluster.
"Some of the most exciting, energizing times in science arise when colleagues meet face-to-face," said Dr. Brent Tully. He continued, "It is easy to get people to come to Hawai'i, both for our facilities and the natural bounty, when the financial burden is not too great. If I help people from around the world to talk to each other then I am content."
Tully has been recognized by a University of Hawai'i Regent's Medal for Excellence in Research, a University of Maryland Distinguished Alumnus Award, the Wempe Award of the Leibnitz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam, Germany, the Viktor Ambartsumian International Prize, Armenia, and the Gruber Prize in Cosmology.
Sam Storms: Oklahoma City, OK > God's there!, 7 Mar 2014 [cached]
"It looks like something to be taken seriously," said Brent Tully, a University of Hawaii astronomer. Tully said "astronomers may eventually find a few cosmic structures in the void, but it would still be nearly empty."
Tully goes on to explain that "holes in the universe probably occur when the gravity from areas with bigger mass pull matter from less dense areas.
"I'd like to think this is ..., 14 June 2013 [cached]
"I'd like to think this is the first of more ventures along the same line," said University of Hawaii astrophysicist R. Brent Tully, who was treated to a public presentation of the work for his 70th birthday, in Paris, a week ago. "I think we're learning how to do it. I think the next time around we'll do it better."
Tully worked with a team including Helene Courtois of the University of Lyon, who narrates, and whose son, Jules, accompanies her with an original piano composition.
"I don't know anybody else who's tried to put something on paper," Tully said.
(Tully is best known for the Tully-Fisher relation, which correlates a spiral galaxy's luminosity and rotational speed, and was published with J. Richard Fisher in 1977.
"We actually don't know how big the whole universe is," said Tully. "What we talk about is the universe within our horizon, the travel time of light, and that's been traveling to us since 14 billion years - actually, in that time the universe has expanded, so we have access to something like 40 billion light-years."
But that's just what we could potentially see with all our sophisticated space-based telescopes and massive terrestrial arrays. "We're still picking at the depths of space," said Tully.
So what Tully and his team have boxed is the local universe, represented in terms better suited for an expanding universe - velocities. "In the maps that you're seeing there, that's really only going out a little beyond 3,000 kilometers per second," he said.
Though that translates to about 120 million light-years, consider that the speed of light is 100 times that outermost velocity. "So we're only going 1% of the way out," said Tully.
Alliance Members Help Create New Planetarium's Virtual Tour of the Universe :: EOT-PACI :: Education, Outreach and Training Partnership for Advanced Computational Infrastructure, 1 Feb 2000 [cached]
Some of the data comes from Brent Tully, an Alliance Cosmology team member at the University of Hawaii.
In total, the NCSA team rendered about four minutes of visualizations from the data provided by Tully, Ostriker and Bode, utilizing more than 53,000 images at a resolution of 1280 x 1024 pixels.
"We have finally established the contours ..., 21 Sept 2014 [cached]
"We have finally established the contours that define the supercluster of galaxies we can call home," said lead researcher R. Brent Tully, an astronomer at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
"Green Bank Telescope observations have played a significant role in the research leading to this new understanding of the limits and relationships among a number of superclusters," said Tully.
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