Aaron Webster, Ted von Hippel, and Elliot Robinson at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University have opened a crowd-funding campaign to raise $3500 to support their research into the question of How Old is the Milky Way Galaxy? – Experiment –
We derive the ages and other properties of stars by combining theoretical astrophysics, data from the best telescopes, Bayesian statistical analyses, and advanced computational techniques. We have developed an algorithm that allows us to combine the age information from multiple white dwarf stars to derive the age of our Galaxy.
We request funds to support converting our algorithm to high-performance software code. From this we will both derive the age of the Galaxy as well as make our code publicly available for other research groups.
This video provides more details on their project: