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Science Sundays: Todd Thompson, The Fantastic Forge: Supernovae and the Origin of the Elements

Reception following the lecture in the Ohio Union Ohio Staters Traditions Room (4-5 p.m.)

Todd Thompson, professor, astronomy, lectures on “The Fantastic Forge: Supernovae and the Origin of the Elements.”

Thompson describes the grand pageant of stellar death and transfiguration caused by supernovae — exploding massive stars and tremendous thermonuclear detonations of white dwarfs — that partially replenish galaxies with raw materials for future star formation. We owe our existence to the elements they provided: carbon, oxygen and iron.

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