Florida State University Assistant Professor To Present Series Of Talks About Stellar Explosion [Video]By Eleanor Bright, UniversityHerald Reporter
A Florida State University assistant professor will give a series of short talks about stellar explosions. The first of these short talks will be given on the evening of March 9. The event was dubbed "Moonshot Night: Life in the Universe".
Jeremiah Murphy, an associate professor and astrophysicist at Florida State University, will lead the discussion regarding stellar explosions. Murphy has been curious about the universe and had spent time gazing at the heavens studying the stars.
On the first night of the event, Murphy will attempt to answer the question of whether humans are alone in the universe. Despite researches that he has conducted, Murphy cannot give a definite answer. It might take around 50 years and more resources to prove that there are no other living creatures anywhere in the universe, according to Tallahassee Democrat.
Murphy authored a research study entitled His paper on "Why Stars Explode: An Integral Condition for Core-Collapse Supernova Explosions". In this study, he tried to find out which stars form black holes or neutron stars after explosion.
Supernova explosions had been observed several times already. Scientists in 2014 saw an enormous star explode through the Hubble Telescope. First, its center brightened from intense heat, and then it exploded. Debris from the explosion could form into a planetary system. They contained neutrons, which could serve as the basis of life, according to the University Herald.
However, astronomers were amazed to see parts of the supernova piling up and taking the shape of a ring. They expected that the ejected materials would form a spherical shape. These structures were believed to have been released from the disintegrating supernova thousands of years ago, according to Science Daily.
During the "Moonshot Night: Life in the Universe", guests will experience a night of discovery as they listen to talks about neutrons from exploding stars forming life in other galaxies in the universe.