Listen to astrophysicists from across the UK talk about cutting edge research in space science
31st March 2020
The untimely ends of stars
Dr Gregory Brown (Royal Observatory Greenwich)
Not much can ruin a star’s day. With typical lifespans up to ten trillion years in duration, it is rare that a star need worry about its future. That is, unless it is unlucky. In this talk, Dr Greg Brown will discuss the small fraction of stars that come to their ends too soon as they come face to face with the single most massive objects in the Universe: supermassive black holes. We’ll uncover how these chance encounters, called tidal disruption flares, can reveal secrets about these mysterious behemoths, even helping us understand how galaxies form and evolve.