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Finding Magnetospheres of Massive Stars

Richard Townsend, Assistant Professor, Department of Astronomy, UW-Madison, discusses the vast, ghostly glowing stars in the universe called magnetospheres and how using polarized starlight allows astronomers to study them.

Supernova Explosions are Weirder than You Think

Jennifer L. Hoffman, Associate Professor, Department of Physics & Astronomy, University of Denver, discusses the tools astronomers use to investigate the complex, changing shapes of supernovae. Studying these shapes can teach us about stellar life cycles.

How Video Games Help Astronomy

Nick Hill, Graduate Student, Department of Astronomy, UW-Madison, discusses using video gaming technology to predict how complex star systems appear when viewed from Earth.

How to Make a Diamond the Size of Earth

David Kaplan, Associate Professor, Department of Physics, UW-Milwaukee, explains how stars die, what they leave behind and discusses the intriguing property of a recently discovered white dwarf star.

Cosmic Rays as Probes of the High-Energy Universe

Erin Boettcher, Graduate Student, Department of Astronomy, UW-Madison, discusses cosmic rays, their characteristic properties and how we can detect them from Earth. Cosmic rays can be used as probes to understand the physical conditions in other galaxies.

Finding Black Holes in the X-ray Sky

Karen Lewis, Assistant Professor, Department of Physics, College of Wooster OH, studies x-rays to find the presence of Active Galactic Nucleus (AGN)—a super-massive black hole at the center of a galaxy. Lewis explains how to pick out the AGN from the rest of the universe’s x-ray sources.

Problems with the Cosmic Fuel Supply

Aleks Diamond-Stanic, Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Astronomy, UW-Madison, discusses the importance of cosmic fuel, or the supply of gas within the galaxies, in the creation of star formation.

The World's Largest Radio Telescope

Eric Wilcots, Professor, Department of Astronomy, UW-Madison, discusses the collaborative effort, which includes University of Wisconsin astronomers, to build the world’s largest radio telescope. The telescope will have a collecting area equal to one square kilometer, making it the most sensitive radio detector in the world.

NASA's Space Vegetables

Simon Gilroy, Professor, Department of Botany, UW-Madison, explores whether plants and microbes could provide food during a long spaceflight or in a colony on Mars. Gilroy discusses how a lack of gravity affects plants and humans.

Exploring Exploding Stars

Benedikt Riedel, Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Physics, UW-Madison, discusses researching supernovae, also known as exploding stars, at the IceCube Observatory at the South Pole.


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