RFO Speaker Series: Star Death ~ The End of Stellar Fusion with George Loyer

  • Thu, Feb 17, 2022 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Pacific Standard Time

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Description

Join RFO and George Loyer, one of the founding members of the observatory for an informative conversation on "Star Death: The End of Stellar Fusion."

 

The end of a star can take many forms, most of them controlled by the mass of a star when fusion at the star’s core can no longer support that mass.  In this talk we will explore how stars begin their life cycle and how the difference in their masses determines how they will end.  On the way you will learn how you can observe stars that are approaching their end with your own telescope.  This talk is the core of an Observing Lab that we hope to run again this year in person, where our lab participants get a guided tour of these remarkable objects.

 

George Loyer has been studying astronomy as an amateur since the 1970’s, reading everything he could get his hands on, observing the night sky with small telescopes, and making telescopes and instruments that he and others use. He enjoys making these sometimes-remote stories accessible to an audience.  He holds no degrees, advanced or otherwise, in any field and simply enjoys the pleasure of learning and understanding more about the Cosmos every day.

 

 

Date & Time

Thu, Feb 17, 2022 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Robert Ferguson Observatory

The Valley of the Moon Observatory Association (VMOA) is volunteer amateur and professional astronomers plus a small supporting staff organized as a nonprofit association to provide educational programs about science and astronomy for students, the public, and in support of educators.

The VMOA is responsible for the construction, maintenance and utilization of the Robert Ferguson Observatory and functions as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization under the auspices of the California State Parks System, and in cooperation with our local state parks.


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