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OSURA Dinner Series
October 27 @ 5:15 pm - 9:00 pm
Join us for a lecture by Professor Todd Thompson. At the end of its life a massive star’s core becomes unstable. The balance between pressure and gravity is broken and the star’s 10 million year life terminates in a fraction of a second. Its core collapses at nearly the speed of light to an ultra-dense neutron star. Sometimes the star explodes with the luminosity of a hundred billion suns. Sometimes it crosses to black hole oblivion. We owe our existence to the explosions, which enrich the universe with elements.
Professor Thompson will discuss new searches for supernovae and black holes, ideas about their formation, physics and evolution and will describe the grand pageant of stellar death and transfiguration that shapes our galaxy and our universe.