The UNLV Physics and Astronomy Department invites you to attend a Russell Frank Astronomy Lecture titled, "Exploding Stars!" a talk by Professor Lars Bildsten from the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics.
Stars explode once every second in the universe, often becoming brighter than the galaxy they live in. Recently enhanced capabilities to scan the skies now detect about 10 such stars per day. This has revealed whole new types of cataclysms, some much brighter than previously thought possible and some, much, much fainter. After describing the common outcomes, I will focus on the exciting new discoveries and our novel theoretical interpretations.