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The Most Violent Places in the Universe (2009 International Year of Astronomy)

Wednesday, November 4, 2009 @ 7:30 PM-9:00 PM

James H. Buckley, Ph.D., 2004 Outstanding St. Louis Scientist Innovation Award recipient, Academy of Science – St. Louis; Professor of Physics in Arts & Sciences, McDonnell Center Faculty Fellow, McDonnell Center for the Space Sciences, Washington University in St. Louis

When one looks at the seemingly unchanging stars in the night sky it is hard to imagine the violent processes that are at work in corners of our universe –exploding stars, flaring super massive black holes, and rapidly spinning stars with the mass of the sun packed into an object smaller than St. Louis. Astrophysicist and Washington University Physics Professor, Dr. James Buckley, presents highlights from “high energy astrophysics” – a field of astronomy that studies some of the most energetic processes in the universe and seeks to uncover some of the fundamental questions about the formation of galaxies and the makeup of the universe. Dr. Buckley shares how his field of gamma-ray astronomy probes these violent processes and may provide a means of detecting the dark components of our universe, ranging from black holes to the dark matter. It’s an out-of-this-world talk you won’t want to miss.

All Seminars are held in The Living World (north side of Zoo)

Parking FREE in Zoo North Lot.


For more information call 314-533-8586 or email mbauer@academyofsciencestl.org

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Wednesday, November 4, 2009
7:30 PM-9:00 PM
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