[ASC-list] Free Public Astronomy Lecture - The Extreme Side of Pulsars

Suneel Jethani s.jethani at pgrad.unimelb.edu.au
Fri Feb 5 02:11:09 UTC 2010


Greetings all
The first meeting of Swinburne's free Public Lecture Series 2010 will take
place on Friday 19 February.

Title: The Extreme Side of Pulsars
Presented by Sarah Burke-Spolaor and Lina Levin - PhD students working
with Matthew Bailes, Director of the Centre for Astrophysics and
Supercomputing

Pulsars are the compact cores of dead stars that periodically flash radio
beams at
Earth. The regularity of their flashing makes them somewhat like highly
accurate
clocks--however not all pulsars are very well behaved. This lecture will
give a
background to pulsar astronomy and detail the extreme behaviours that some
of these
enigmatic stars exhibit. New, bizarre classes of pulsars are regularly being
discovered, and we will present hot-off-the-press discoveries that have
been made by
an international team of astronomers that includes members of the
Swinburne Centre
for Astrophysics and Supercomputing.

Venue: Swinburne University, Hawthorn Campus, BA building
Room: BA201
Date: Friday 19 February
Time: 6.20 pm for a  6.30 pm start
Duration: 1 hour plus question time

Places are limited so please RSVP to Liz Thackray via email
ethackray at swin.edu.au by
Wednesday 17 February.

 ( http://astronomy.swin.edu.au/outreach/?topic=freelectures )





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