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Supernovae: Superheroes of the universe

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Grab some lunch from the Darwin servery and enjoy an interesting science talk and discussion over lunch (talk starts 13.10, so make sure you're seated by then). Looking forward to seeing you there.

Supernovae – the explosions of stars – are one of the brightest phenomena in the Universe. In my talk, based on my recent book on the subject, I will describe how supernovae have been observed around the world for nearly 2,000 years and how they are observed today. I will briefly describe the physics of these explosions and then showcase some of the many roles they play in the Universe. These include creating black holes, synthesizing and spreading the elements that make up our bodies, and even shaping galaxies. Finally, I will show how astronomers use supernovae as experimental tools to study dark matter and dark energy, two of the most mysterious phenomena in contemporary physics.

This talk is part of the Darwin College Science Seminars series.

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