Chasing Supernovae with Kepler
Gautham Narayan of the Space Telescope Science Institute
The Kepler spacecraft launched in 2009 with the goal of discovering exoplanets. However, its highly precise brightness measurements can be used for much more science. When Kepler was repurposed as the K2 mission, one team of astronomers decided to use it to hunt for supernovas. By catching the critical first few hours of an exploding star, scientists can learn more about these colossal blasts.
Host: Dr. Frank Summers
Recorded live on Tuesday, October 2, 2018 at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.A.
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