Friday 10 November, 7pm – 9.30pm
Launch event with public talks, stargazing event (weather permitting), Oculus rift virtual reality
and Stardome (£2 per person) – all welcome, refreshments provided.
Saturday 11 November 2pm – 4.30pm
Visit the Stardome – bringing the night sky to life inside the inflatable dome! (£2 per person)
For further information please contact Carrickfergus Museum
Edmund Burke Theatre (Room 1008), Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin.
Admission by ticket only, via DIAS website.
Abstract: I will argue that if black holes represent one the most fascinating implications of Einstein's theory of gravity, neutron stars in binary system are arguably its richest laboratory, where gravity blends with astrophysics and particle physics. I will discuss the rapid recent progress made in modelling these systems and show how the inspiral and merger of a binary system of neutron stars is more than a strong source of gravitational waves. Indeed, while the gravitational signal can provide tight constraints on the equation of state for matter at nuclear densities, the formation of a black-hole–torus system can explain much of the phenomenology of short gamma-ray bursts, while the ejection of matter during the merger can shed light on the chemical enrichment of the universe.
Prof. Dr. Luciano Rezzolla is presently the Chair of Theoretical (Relativistic) Astrophysics and Director at the Institute for Theoretical Physics (ITP) of the Goethe University of Frankfurt, Germany. He is also Senior Fellow at the Frankfurt Institute of Advanced Studies (FIAS).
9. FUTURE EVENTS ALERT:
IAA New Year Party: 6 January, Comber, Co Down. More details later.
Galway Astrofest: Saturday 27 January. More details later.
It's a bit like trying to find an astronomical explanation for the so-called 'Star of Bethlehem' - sorry, but there isn't one!
Finally, that's a ridiculous illustration of a total solar eclipse! It shows the Moon as if it's semi-transparent, as you can see the Sun shining faintly through 2,100 miles of solid rock! Shutterstock fails again!
12. JOINING the IRISH ASTRONOMICAL ASSOCIATION: This link downloads a Word document to join the IAA. http://documents.irishastro.
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