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Lecture Announcement – Ashley Villar – Harvard CFA – A ripple, a flash and a bang: the story of two neutron stars

 

Ashley Villar, Harvard CFA

BIO

Ashley Villar is an astrophysics PhD student at Harvard University. She studies eruptions, explosions and collisions of stars in our night sky. Ashley is originally from Vero Beach Florida, before moving to Massachusetts to earn a degree in physics from MIT. She was inspired to study astronomy after reading the popular book, Death by Black Hole, while in middle school.

Lecture topic

A ripple, a flash and a bang: the story of two neutron stars

Recently, astronomers and physicists around the world turned their eyes and “ears” towards an incredible event in the night sky. For the first time we detected the collision of two neutron stars using both traditional telescopes and a gravitational wave detector called LIGO/Virgo. This event triggered a so-called “kilonova” — an event so powerful that it forged gold weighing half as much as Jupiter. I will help unravel the mystery behind gravity waves, neutron stars and this exciting event.

Lecture Date/Time

Saturday December 9th 7:30pm

The public is welcome!

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