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'On Supernovae and Serendipity' - The discovery of a supernova in M82

Organised by UCL Mullard Space Science Laboratory

Wednesday, 12 March 2014 from 16:00 to 17:00 (GMT)

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Physics Colloquium: Dr Steve Fossey (UCL)

The luminous, explosive events which we call Type Ia supernovae arise from the thermonuclear runaway explosion of an entire white-dwarf star. They are the key to measuring accurate distances to remote galaxies in the Universe, and investigating the so-called dark energy that is thought to drive its accelerating expansion. The appearance of a Type Ia supernova amongst the galaxies of our immediate cosmic neighbourhood is also rather rare, typically one being found every few decades.

Hence, the discovery on January 21, 2014, of a thermonuclear supernova in the nearby starburst galaxy Messier 82 is fortunate – the closest in a generation, well-timed and placed for intensive, multi-wavelength follow-up by ground-based telescopes and spacecraft observatories. It was even more serendipitous that the discovery was made during a routine undergraduate-teaching session at UCL's University of London Observatory.

I will describe the peculiar events that occurred on the night of the discovery; and reflect on how such a bright and important supernova in one of the most watched galaxies in the local galactic neighbourhood was missed for almost a week by professional surveys and amateur observers.

Some early results from studies of the M82 supernova will be presented.

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Cruciform Lecture Theatre 2
UCL Cruciform Building
Gower Street
WC1E 6BT London
United Kingdom

Wednesday, 12 March 2014 from 16:00 to 17:00 (GMT)


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