Thursday 24th July, 19:30, Ulster Museum
by Dr. Amanda Karakas, Mt Stromlo Observatory, Canberra, Australia
The origin of the elements is intimately tied to the lifecycle of stars. In this talk, Amanda will take you on a journey through the life and times of stars to tell the story of how chemical elements were created. She will focus on the intriguing mystery of the production of heavy elements in stars, that is, elements heavier than iron. In particular, Amanda will explain the behaviour of Sun-like stars during their advanced red-giant stage of evolution, and show how they play a key role in solving this puzzle.
Amanda is an internationally recognised expert on the study of stellar evolution and astrophysical nucleosynthesis. She holds a Future Fellowship at the Australia National University. This public talk is a collaboration between the Ulster Museum Elements exhibition and the Astrophysics Research Centre at Queen's University Belfast, where Dr. Karakas will making a research visit in July 2014.
The lecture will take place in the Lecture Theatre on the ground floor of the Ulster Museum. This is a free event - to secure your place book online at the Ulster Museum website or ring 028 9044 0000.