On Thursday, 23 November, at 19:30, in the Museo de la Ciencia y el Cosmos, in La Laguna
By Steve Eikenberry, of the University of Florida and invited lecturer at the XVIII Canary Winter School of Astrophysics
The most massive stars, which are extremely rare compared to “normal” stars such as the Sun, have a great impact on the Universe around us. They dominate the light emission and kinetic energy of most galaxies, synthesize almost all the elements heavier than helium in the Universe and, when they die, leave behind “fossil” neutron stars and black holes.
Professor Steve Eikenberry of the University of Florida will talk about these stars today, Thursday, 23 November at 19:30 in the Museo de la Ciencia y el Cosmos (which belongs to the autonomous body in charge of museums and centres of the Local Government (Cabildo) of Tenerife. His public talk, titled (Monsters of the deep: hunting for the most massive stars with the Gran Telescopio CANARIAS”, is part of the activities associated with the eighteenth Canary Islands Winter School of Astrophysics, dedicated this year (until 1 December) to the techniques of detection and analysis of astrophysical objects with emission lines and taking place at the Congress Centre in Puerto de la Cruz.
The talk will review the properties of the most massive stars and the research efforts dedicated to finding and studying these “monsters of the deep”, particular emphasis being given to the use of the 10.4 metre Gran Telescopio CANARIAS (GTC), which will shortly become operational on La Palma.