By Dr. Simon Jeffery of Armagh Observatory
Monday November 10 2008 at 8:00pm
Jeffery was born in Newcastle upon Tyne on 8th July
1958. He gained a BSc in Physics at Imperial College London
in 1979. He then moved to St. Andrews where he did his PhD
researching Stellar Evolution.
been a research astronomer at Armagh Observatory since 1996
It is well known that stars, like most fires, emit light.
What is less well known is that some stars also emit soot. Dirty
black stuff that shuts off the starlight and pollutes the
space around the star.
Some stars are minor polluters, others are spectacular. Why
are they so dirty? Carbon -- created by nuclear reactions deep
inside the star -- is forced to the surface, and then thrown
into outer space, where it
condenses as soot.
The talk will look at the extraordinary stories of these polluting
stars, stars like R Coronae Borealis and FG Sagittae, like
Mira and V838 Monoceros. It will also try to explain the
amazing processes that can turn a star inside
His recent research has been into stellar evolution and stellar
atmospheres. In this lecture he will be talking about his
research and new findings and the giant leap forward in the last
few years in our understanding of how stellar sytems work.
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