Our next event will take place on Monday 25th of February at 20h in Grand Cafe De Burcht (Burgsteeg 14, 2312 JS Leiden). Join us for an evening of informal astronomy and great beer! Mathieu Renzo and Anne Archibald will tell us about multiple stellar systems, how they define the fate of stars, and how we can use them to test key ideas of Einstein’s theories.
Mathieu Renzo is a graduate student at the University of Amsterdam, where he studies the evolution of stars massive enough to explode in a supernova. In his talk he will discuss what happens at the first explosion in a massive binary system, and what we can learn by finding the widowed stars left behind.
Anne Archibald is a postdoctoral researcher at University of Amsterdam/ASTRON (Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy). She will tell us about how multiple star systems can provide an excellent laboratory to test a key idea of Einstein’s theory of gravity, the strong equivalence principle: do all objects, even those with strong gravity like neutron stars, fall the same way in the same gravitational field?
All ages and backgrounds welcome! The entry is free and no reservation is needed. We start at 20h but recommend you arrive early to save a seat and grab a drink. And of course, beside the talks, we will have fun games where you can win cool science prizes! More info: check out www.astronomyontap.nl!