Public lecture ‘Weighing Stars’

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Rijksmuseum Boerhaave and the Lorentz Center together organize the public lecture ‘Weighing Stars’ by Fabian Schneider on Thursday 22 November 2018. The lecture starts at 18.00 at Rijksmuseum Boerhaave.  

Since the dawn of mankind, people looked into the night sky and wondered what stars are. Stars told people when to saw and when to harvest and also how to navigate across seas.

Today, we know that stars are cosmic powerhouses that have transformed the pristine Universe into the one we live in today. For example, stars were responsible for the re-brightening of the Universe after the Dark Ages and have produced most of the chemical elements on Earth such as the oxygen we breathe in everyday or the iron in our blood.

The key for understanding the evolution and final fates of stars is their mass. But how do we measure these masses and why are they so important? Fabian Schneider will take you on a journey to the stars and explore what the mass has to do with whether a star will explode in a supernova or not.

Fabian Schneider

Dr. Fabian Schneider is a Gliese Fellow at the Zentrum für Astronomie of the University of Heidelberg based at the Astronomisches Recheninstitut (ARI). He is also a visiting scientist at the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies.

In his work, he studies the evolution and final fates of stars to understand their role in the cosmos. His work is mostly of theoretical nature and he makes heavy use of stellar evolution codes, population synthesis models and Bayesian statistical methods.

Collaboration Lorentz Center and Rijksmuseum Boerhaave

This public lecture is part of the Lorentz Center workshop 'Weighing Stars from Birth to Death: How to Determine Stellar Masses?’, which takes place from 19 through 23 November 2018.

Lecture:               ‘Weighing Stars’
Language:           English
Date:                    Thursday 22 November 2018, 18:00 - 19:00
Venue:                  Rijksmuseum Boerhaave, Lange Sint
                              Agnietenstraat 10, Leiden
Entrance:             Special Guest Card, entrance ticket, friend of the                                    museum, Museumkaart


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