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Emily Levesque: The Weirdest Stars in the Universe



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Abstract

How big can a star get? Why would a star only pretend to explode? Can you hide one star inside another?

Take a tour of some of the strangest stellar phenomena in the universe during this talk featuring Emily Levesque. From the biggest, brightest, and most volatile stars to the explosive fireworks of core-collapse supernovae and the fascinating physics of gravitational waves, "weird" stars serve as a common thread for exploring our universe's history, evolution, and extremes. Levesque will discuss the history of stellar astronomy, present-day observing techniques, and exciting new discoveries, and explore some of the most puzzling and bizarre objects being studied by astronomers today.