Wednesday, December 4, 2013
8:00 pm
Beckman Auditorium

Fiona A. Harrison - From Spinning Black Holes to Exploding Stars: A New View of the Energetic Universe

The result of technological advances made over the last decades, NASA's newest astrophysics mission, NuSTAR, is peering far deeper into the high-energy X-ray sky than ever before possible. NuSTAR is exploring the densest, hottest regions in the Universe, helping us to understand how black holes grow, to study the bizarre physics that happens near the strongest known cosmic magnets, and to observe the radioactive glow of debris left over from exploded stars. This talk will share the story of this novel mission, which launched from underneath the wing of an airplane, and unfolded to 10 times its original length in orbit, as well as the scientific discoveries it is making during its first years in space.

Presented by: Caltech Committee on Institute Programs

 

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