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March 2012 - Science Under the Dome

 

Friday, March 2nd at 7:00 PM Astronomer, Dr. Edward Cackett, WSU Department of Physics & Astronomy presented:

NEUTRON STARS:

HUMANITY IN A SUGAR CUBE

 

 

Neutron stars are fascinating objects.

They are formed in a supernova explosion at the end of a star's life: what is left after the explosion is a tiny, incredibly dense star.
 
They have a mass a little more than that of our Sun, yet are crammed into a sphere only about 20-30 km across. This makes the very centers of neutron stars more dense than atomic nuclei - the equivalent of cramming the world's entire human population into a sugar cube!  
 
In this talk, I will discuss how we use neutron stars to try and understand what happens to matter under such extreme conditions.  
 
 

      

 

 

A copy of the event poster (and directions to the WSU Planetarium) available here.

 

 

The Wayne State Planetarium is dedicated to the promotion of science. We are proud to feature a new series of free public lectures covering modern topics in science.