2021 Maurice Hillman Essay Contest - April 2021

Archive: Science Update: Cosmic Explosions, February 11, 2021

The biggest explosions in the universe dwarf any we are capable of on Earth.  In space, we can witness an exploding star that can shine brighter than the rest of a galaxy, or a black hole ripping apart a star that's visible from billions of light years away.  But how do we observe these cosmic explosions from Earth and learn about them? 

In this web seminar, Dr. Yvette Cendes will discuss how humanity has witnessed the biggest explosions in the universe, from Chinese records thousands of years ago to my modern-day observations as a radio astronomer.  She will also discuss how these explosions tie into our understanding of the life and death of stars, and how they are responsible for life on Earth existing today.

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Below are comments from individuals who attended the seminar:

  • "Great visuals and information presented in an understandable way"
  • "I loved how Dr. Cendes offered rich and accessible information."
  • "I thought the presenter was magnificent! Great flow, interesting information, and fabulous pictures!"

A certificate of attendance was deposited into participants' account page for completing the evaluation form at the end of the program.

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