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Across the universe, billions of starts shine light on planets like our own. And when they're done doing what they're doing, they explode spectatularly. Come and learn from some of Canberra's own shining stars, as we delve into the science of stars and their planets, and get up close and personal with their spectacular deaths
Studying the stars to know their planets
Adam Rains (PhD Candidate, Australian National University)
We have now discovered thousands of planets orbiting stars other than our own. Such planets are as diverse as they are numerous, but we can only know them to the extent we understand their stellar hosts. But just how much can we learn from starlight?
Exploding stars and problem space telescopes
Dr Brad Tucker (Astrophysicist and Cosmologist, Mt Stromlo Observatory, Australian National University)
Most stars end their lives in brilliant explosions known as supernova, briefly outshining their galaxy. I will show how our understanding has been revolutionized using the Kepler and Hubble Space Telescopes and what this means for the Universe.