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Public Lecture

The Life Story of a Star: from Birth to Death

Professor John Landstreet,
Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Western Ontario, London, Canada

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The lecture will be held in the Rotunda Lecture Theatre, St. Patrick’s Trian, on the 19th of February and will be delivered by Professor John Landstreet, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Western Ontario, London, Canada. It will begin at 8.00 pm and is scheduled to end at 9.00 pm with questions, followed by tea and coffee.

This public lecture is being given as part of the Observatory’s Science in the Community programme, and is associated with an International Workshop on the Spectroscopy and Spectropolarimetry of A and B-type Stars being held at Armagh Observatory from 18–22 February 2008. The title and brief summary of the lecture are:

“The Life Story of a Star: from Birth to Death”

Most people who look up at the stars know that these are bodies much like our own Sun. But how are stars produced? Do they live forever? If not, what happens to them? This illustrated talk will answer some of these questions by describing how astronomers have come to understand the life stories of single stars, from the time they are born out of giant gas clouds somewhere in our Milky Way galaxy, through mature middle age, until finally they collapse to become tiny remnants of their former selves, possibly even a black hole.

The public lecture is free of charge and open to all members of the public. Owing to limitations of space, numbers may be limited. Therefore, if you planning to attend the public lecture please contact the Armagh Observatory in order to obtain tickets. Please write, telephone or send an e-mail to: Mrs Aileen McKee, Armagh Observatory, College Hill, Armagh, BT61 9DG; Tel: 028-3752-2928; Fax: 028-3752-7174; e-mail: ambnat signarm.ac.uk.

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Last Revised: 2008 February 28th
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