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Explore the “weirdest” stars in the Universe during live webcast

Join astronomer Emily Levesque for a live webcast March 7 that will explore some of the most puzzling and bizarre objects being studied by astronomers today.

March 6, 2018 (Waterloo, Ontario, Canada) — 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. 

During a live webcast event on Wednesday March 7 (2018) at 7PM ET, astronomer Emily Levesque will explore the wide variety of strange objects being studied in astronomy today, and provide a crash course on present-day observational techniques.

Levesque’s talk, titled “The weirdest stars in the universe,” is part of the Perimeter Institute Public Lecture Series. The talk will be webcast live on and via partner organizations.

Levesque is an Assistant Professor of Astronomy at the University of Washington in Seattle. Her research accolades include a 2017 Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship in physics and 2014 Annie Jump Cannon Award from the American Astronomical Society.

Following the talk, Levesque will answer questions from the online and in-house audience — including questions submitted prior to and during the talk via Facebook and Twitter (using the hashtag #piLIVE). Questions are welcomed from everyone — aspiring scientific explorers, school classes, physics buffs, and general math and science enthusiasts.

View past Perimeter Public Lectures and events, and read more about Perimeter’s research, training, and outreach activities at


About PI

Perimeter Institute is the world’s largest research hub devoted to theoretical physics. The independent Institute was founded in 1999 to foster breakthroughs in the fundamental understanding of our universe, from the smallest particles to the entire cosmos. Research at Perimeter is motivated by the understanding that fundamental science advances human knowledge and catalyzes innovation, and that today’s theoretical physics is tomorrow’s technology. Located in the Region of Waterloo, the not-for-profit Institute is a unique public-private endeavour, including the Governments of Ontario and Canada, that enables cutting-edge research, trains the next generation of scientific pioneers, and shares the power of physics through award-winning educational outreach and public engagement. 

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