This month, #SpaceDrafts is with Dr. Jennifer Andrews (Steward Observatory):
The Explosive Death of Massive Stars
Jen has been using the facilities at Kitt Peak National Observatory, Mt. Lemmon, and the MMT Observatory to watch massive stars die. In just a few weeks, these powerful and violent explosions release as much energy as our Sun will in its entire lifetime. Jen studies their demise and remnants to understand the nature of their progenitor systems – stellar forensics with the smoldering corpses of dead stars. In their destruction, the cycle of creation begins anew, and supernovae recycle the matter trapped in stars, enriching the galaxy with heavy elements. All of the atoms in your body for example.
Curious? Come talk to hear about her work, and answer her tricky questions for a shot at cool prizes – we’ll have telescopes setup outside at sunset if it is clear!
Wednesday, December 9, 7.00pm (Stargazing starts at Sunset)
Please. Thank you!
As always, Space Drafts is FREE and open to all ages! Bring your four-legged friends too!