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What Cosmic Fireworks Unveil About the Universe
Our dynamic universe is ablaze with cosmic fireworks. Stars explode and send out beacons of light that are a million to a billion times brighter than our sun. Fireworks generated in these explosions are what synthesize most of the elements in our periodic table: while some explosions, called supernovae, create the lighter elements, mergers involving compact stars, called neutron stars, synthesize half of the elements in the periodic table that are heavier than iron.

In her lecture, Kasliwal will explain how astronomers discover these cosmic fireworks with robotic telescopes and how they have undertaken a global follow-up campaign to characterize these energetic and ephemeral events. She will also discuss how astronomers combine information from multiple cosmic messengers—light, neutrinos, and gravitational waves—to gain a more comprehensive understanding of our universe.

This event is free and open to the public.

Feb 17, 2021 05:00 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Mansi Kasliwal
Assistant Professor of Astronomy