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AstroBreak: Neutron stars

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This event is open to:
Classified Staff, Faculty, Teaching Academic Staff, Non-Teaching Academic Staff

Date: Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Time: 12:15 PM - 12:45 PM
Location: Manfred Olson Planetarium in the Physics building

Presenter: Dr John Friedman (Distinguished Professor)

This is a wonderful break in your day leaving you more refreshed for the work to come. AstroBreak events enable employees to engage in a unique way with colleagues on campus while learning a little Astronomy.

Want to learn more about the stars in the sky? Please join us at the Manfred Olson Planetarium on campus for AstroBreak: a FREE half-hour midday program primarily for the campus community (children have to be 9 years or older). We talk about a special theme each week and we look at the current night time sky in the city and the country.

This week's theme is Neutron stars. Born in the gravitational collapse of massive stars, neutron stars hold the densest matter observed in our universe -- more than 5 billion tons per teaspoon. Its gravity is large enough to allow the star to spin at about 1/3 the speed of light; and were you to fall onto a neutron star from one foot above it, you would yourself hit the star at a speed of 600 miles/second.

No food or beverages in the planetarium please. Our facility is wheel-chair accessible and climate controlled.

Plan to arrive a few minutes early because, unfortunately, latecomers cannot be admitted in the dark theater.

Hope to see you soon!

For more information or to request special accommodations, contact: Jean Creighton, (414) 229 4961 .

 


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