Institute of Astronomy

The brightest explosions in the Universe

SpeakerTalk DateWeekly Handout
Morgan Fraser15 October 2014
Additional Information
Group:King's Lynn Astro Soc
Number of Visitors:150

Talk Summary

In the last decade, astronomers have used wide-field surveys to identify new classes of incredibly luminous, but transient astronomical events. Some of these transients are supernovae which come from the most massive stars, and which are powered by a huge quantity of radioactive nickel weighing more than 10 times the mass of Sun! Other transients tap into the energy of a rotating black hole, or a neutron star which is spinning a thousand times each second. I will discuss these new discoveries, and describe ongoing research to find, and understand, the brightest explosions in the Universe.



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