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From Stellar Cradle to Cosmic Grave: The Life of Stars

$5 per device Online Experience
1 hour
Up to 275 people
The Eskimo nebula – a planetary nebula formed after a sun-like star dies.
An active star forming region “S106” in the constellation Cygnus.
Our home amidst the stars.
Astrophysicist Dr. Anand Thirumalai.
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What We’ll Do

When you look up in the night sky, do you ever wonder, how is it that young stellar objects, surrounded by wispy molecular clouds of hydrogen gas, fractionate and form protostellar objects in stellar nurseries? What’s the deal with stellar ignition? And really, how do stars evolve into the fascinating objects that we see floating in the limitless cosmic void? Well, Atlas Obscura and Dr. Anand Thirumalai have the answers! 

And that’s just the beginning! During our 1-hour digital experience, you’ll learn the secrets of how stars form, see how they evolve during their bright lives, and finally, how stars end. Dr. Thirumalai will walk us through the endless cosmic cycle of collapse and rebirth, and the hard science that makes the stellar clockwork tick. He’ll also touch upon the topic of stellar remnants and look at white dwarf and neutron stars — the hot cinders left behind by erstwhile stars.

Join us on May 23 at 1:30 p.m. PST/4:30 p.m. EST, and discover just how exactly, a star is born. And what happens after that.

About Your Host
Anand Thirumalai
Anand Thirumalai

Anand Thirumalai is a faculty member at the Digipen Institute and an astrophysicist studying atomic and molecular structure in highly magnetized stars, as well as stellar winds.

What Else You Should Know

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There are 275 spots available on this experience.

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