Saturday Feb 8, 2020
Albuquerque, NM 87106
Contact:The Albuquerque Astronomical Society
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TAAS General Meeting
Saturday, February 8- 7:00 pm
Regener Hall - UNM Campus
Featured Speaker: Dr. Robert Fesen - "Optical Studies of Supernova Remnants – Both Young and Old”
Following our short society meeting, the gathering will hear the talk by Dr. Robert Fesen on the lingering remains of supernova explosions. His main interests lie in the field of supernovae and supernova remnants and he makes use of X-ray, ultraviolet, optical, and infrared observations from both ground-based and space-based telescopes. A current area of study is the search for very young SN remnants in nearby galaxies and the discovery of much older remnants in the Milky Way. One of his favorite objects is the 350 year old Cassiopeia A supernova remnant, which is the youngest known, high-mass SN remnant in the Milky Way galaxy and exhibits unusually high expansion velocities. See www.taas.org for article and map
Photo: Dartmouth astronomer Robert Fesen photographed the Cassiopeia A supernova remnant using the Hubble Space Telescope. It is the remnant of a supernova of a massive star, about 15 times the mass of the Sun, that occurred in our Milky Way Galaxy around 1671 AD.
Dr. Robert Fesen is a Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Dartmouth, an observational astronomer, specializing in supernovae, their remnants, and interstellar emission nebulae, and is now in transition to becoming a resident of New Mexico. He holds the following degrees:
. Undergraduate B.S. degree from Villanova University in 1971
. Masters degree from University of Hawaii in 1973
. PhD in Astronomy from University of Michigan in 1981
Dr. Fesen did post-doctoral research at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland and at the Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Colorado in Boulder before moving to Dartmouth in 1989. He has held visiting positions at the University of Texas at Dallas and at the Joint Institute for Laboratory Astrophysics at the University of Colorado-Boulder. Fesen was on the Board of Directors for the 10 meter SALT telescope in South Africa from 2001-2010 and was Acting Director of MDM Observatory at Kitt Peak in Arizona from 1995-1996.