In a lecture to accompany the “Here, There, Everywhere” NASA traveling exhibit that is currently on display in the UGL, Wayne State University astronomer Ed Cackett will deliver a lecture called “Neutron Stars: Humanity in a Sugar Cube,” on September 17 at 2:30 p.m. in the Community Room of the David Adamany Undergraduate Library.
Cackett will discuss neutron stars, a type of stellar remnant that can result from the gravitational collapse of a massive star during a supernova event. Neutron stars and black holes are among the most exotic objects in the universe; studying neutron stars and black holes gives us access to exotic realms that we can’t explore on Earth. A lump of neutron star matter the size of a sugar cube would weigh as much as all humanity, and the stars have magnetic fields a trillion times Earth’s. Since we can’t reproduce such conditions in laboratories, we have to observe neutron stars with telescopes to figure out their properties.
Cackett is an assistant professor in Wayne State’s physics and astronomy departments. He received his Ph.D. from the University of St Andrews in the United Kingdom and held postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Michigan and University of Cambridge, before joining the Wayne State University faculty in January 2012. He recently was awarded a National Science Foundation Early Career Development Award, the agency’s most prestigious award for junior faculty, for his project to understand the process of accretion in neutron stars.
The lecture is free and open to the public and the “Here, There, Everywhere” exhibit will be on display through September. For more information, contact Wayne State Librarian Jim Van Loon at firstname.lastname@example.org