Solstice Season: "The Art of Science" with Prof. Tim O'Brien

Jodrell Bank, Bomish Lane, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK11 9DW

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The Art of Science: Seeing the Shock of an Exploding Star

Every now and again, a previously unknown star becomes visible in the night sky. These events do not mark the birth of new stars but are often explosions of dying stars. In this talk Tim will discuss his favourite exploding star, RS Ophiuchi, focusing on one image that was made following its 2006 explosion. This revealed, for the first time, the shock wave produced by its titanic explosion. Tim will explore how this image was made, the telescopes that were used, the processing employed and the excitement of seeing something that nobody in the world had ever seen before.

Tim O'Brien features in The Compass, astronomical illuminations, on projected onto the front of the First Light Pavilion this evening.

About the Speaker

Tim O'Brien is a Professor of Astrophysics and an Associate Director of Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics at The University of Manchester.

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