Presentation: Strange Stellar Remnants
What remains after a star dies? Most “go gentle into that good night”, leaving behind planetary nebulae and white dwarf stars fading into darkness. However, some stars “rage against the dying of the light”, resulting in supernovae and supernova remnants, neutron stars, pulsars, and magnetars. During this presentation, I will share a brief survey of these strange stellar remnants and how we observe them.
Speaker: David Moffett
David Moffett is Furman's astronomer and oversees the operation of the Timmons Planetarium. He teaches introductory physics courses, astronomy, and mechanics, and he serves as the dual-degree advisor in engineering.
In addition to teaching at Furman, Moffett collaborates with faculty from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to host the annual Educational Research In Radio Astronomy (ERIRA) workshop at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Greenbank, WV.
Dr. Moffett continues to perform radio astronomical observations of supernova remnants, and is currently working with Furman students to study the expansion and polarization properties of the remnant of the historical supernova of 1006 AD.