Science guest lecture with Professor Raman Prinja: The stellar story, from dusty birth to explosive death
Time: 18:00 - 19:30
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: HS145
Duration: 1 session
What is the course about?
Our understanding of the evolution of stars represents one of the great scientific breakthroughs of the past 100 years, bridged by the work of several Nobel laureates.
Raman Prinja, Professor of Astrophysics at University College London, will present an overview of our modern understanding of stellar evolution, from the dusty birth of stars, and their nuclear-burning lives, to ultimate demise including supernova detonations, and the bizarre end-states of neutron stars and black holes.
Raman Prinja is Professor of Astrophysics at University College London (UCL), where he is Head of the Physics and Astronomy Department. He has been awarded the Pol and Christiane Swings research prize and is a multiple winner of the UCL Teaching awards. Beyond research and teaching, Prof Prinja is deeply engaged in outreach activities and is the author of several successful books, including the award winning titles 'Science Crazy', 'Night Sky Watcher' and 'Planetarium'. He is also the winner of the 2019 American Institute of Physics science communication and Royal Society Young People's book prizes.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
This is a survey lecture aimed at a non-specialist audience. As well as charting the birth and death of stars it will highlight the importance of outflows and the dispersal of life-giving chemical elements. The talk will be illustrated with the latest superb imagery from powerful telescopes in space and on the ground.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
All welcome. No previous knowledged required.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Illustrated lecture, followed by questions and discussion.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
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