Moultonborough Public Library Event Calendar

Date: 8/13/2019
Time: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Title: Supernovae: Witnessing Cosmic Explosions
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Location: Program Room
Witnessing Cosmic Explosions

with Yvette Cendes

Supernovae are the most violent explosions in the universe, where the death of a star can release more light than an entire galaxy.  But how does a supernova happen?  What would happen if one happened in our own Milky Way?  In this talk, Yvette will cover what causes a supernova event, and what they can tell us about how stars live and die in our universe.  She will also discuss the human history of supernova observations, ranging from historic observations a thousand years ago to her present-day research involving radio signals from supernovae.

"Yvette Cendes recently submitted her PhD in astronomy to Leiden University in the Netherlands, where her thesis focused on radio observations from transient and variable astronomical sources ranging from supernovae to black holes.  She will begin a research postdoctorate position this fall at the Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian (CfA) this fall.  Yvette has also had her science writing on astronomy topics appear in several publications, such as Astronomy, Discover, and Scientific American."           603-476-8895