May Public Lecture – Dr. Carolin Crawford – The Energetic Universe: X-Ray Astronomy

Image: NASA/HST/ASU

Image: NASA/HST/ASU

As our guest speaker this month we welcome astronomer Dr Carolin Crawford from the Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge.

X-radiation is emitted by only the hottest and most dramatic regions of the Universe – where there are gigantic explosions, or intense magnetic or gravitational fields. An optical view of the sky shows where stars are burning through nuclear fusion; an X-ray view instead reveals regions powered by gravitation or where there is plasma heated to millions of degrees. This talk is a colourful introduction to X-ray astronomy – why it’s important, and the kind of discoveries that have been made over the last few decades.

Carolin Crawford is an astrophysicist based at the Institute of Astronomy, responsible for their outreach programme but also researching the properties of the most massive galaxies in the Universe. A regular contributor to BBC Radio 4, Dr Crawford was has been recognised as for a Women of Outstanding Achievement Award for the communication of science.

Our talks are open to everyone, all are welcome. It takes place at the Henry Dixon Hall, Rivenhall End on Wednesday 16th May at 7:30pm. Entry is £4 for non-members. For further information on how to get there, see the Events page.

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Posted on 6 May, 2012, in Astronomy News, Popular Science, Society News, Stargazing and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Comments Off on May Public Lecture – Dr. Carolin Crawford – The Energetic Universe: X-Ray Astronomy.

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