Physics and Space Sciences

Public Science Lecture Series

In our monthly public Science Lecture Series we host an evening lecture on a topic of general interest in science in the auditorium Olin Engineering Complex (room EC 118, see map below) on the 4th Friday of each month during the academic year. The lectures are at 8 p.m., and are followed at 9 p.m. by a public viewing session at the campus observatory on the roof of the Olin Physical Sciences Building (weather permitting). 

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The Lives of the Most Massive Stars

Fri Oct 24, 2014

Dr. Véronique Petit


Come along and learn more about stars. We will discuss how the powerful telescopes of our days are unlocking mysteries hidden behind these dots of lights in the night sky. We will explore how stars actually comes in various types, with properties associated with their birth mass. Stars more than several times the mass of our Sun are the hottest and brightest members of our Galaxy. We will trace the life path of a massive star, whose brilliant lives and explosive deaths light up and energize their surrounding, and seed the interstellar medium with the products of their nucleosynthesis, to be recycled into the next generations of stars and planets.

Want even more astronomy?

We now have the Melbourne Astronomical Society for local-area amateur astronomers (including students) to meet, discuss science and equipment, tips and techniques. If you'd like to join us for monthly meetings and meet other local-area amateur astronomers, please sign up for the MAS mailing list. We're meeting on the same nights as the Lecture Series at 6:30 p.m. in the Physical Sciences building room 144 (the first floor towards the south doors).


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Once on campus, park in the lot adjacent to the buildings marked 1 or 2. Talks will take place in the building marked 1 (Olin Engineering Complex Auditorium, room EC 118). Observing will take place on the roof of the building marked 2 (Physical Sciences Building) weather permitting.

FIT Map Showing Location of Astro Lecture Events