Dirty Fireballs, Orphan Afterglows

Jan. 29 2017 Robi Mukherjee, a member of The Local Group Astronomy Club in Santa Clarita, calibrates his telescope for the quarterly Star Party at Vasquez Rocks on Saturday. Samie Gebers/ Signal

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Caltech astronomy graduate student Anna Ho will guide this semester’s interstellar journey at the College of the Canyons Star Party on Friday, at the Canyon Country campus.

The topic for the evening is “Dirty Fireballs and Orphan Afterglows: A Broader Landscape of Stellar Death.”

Ho’s research on a rare and extreme case of stellar death has been published in two of her own works and included in 14 others.

She has also designed and taught several courses and workshops on math, science, astronomy and cosmology.

In addition to Ho’s presentation, interactive demonstrations, activity tables and a portable planetarium will be run by COC students, faculty and staff. Multiple telescopes will also be set up by local astronomy groups, allowing attendees to get a closer look at the night sky.

“Attendees will have the opportunity to interact with the college in a way that’s both educational and fun,” said Anthony Michaelides, dean of Campus Services and Operations at the Canyon Country campus. “Our star parties allow our students, faculty and staff to showcase the sciences in a variety of ways, and the timing couldn’t be better, with our new science building under construction.”

The fall 2018 Star Party will take place from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at the Canyon Country campus’ Carl A. Rasmussen Amphitheater. This event is free and open to the public. Food and beverages will also be available for purchase on site.

Organizers say families will not want to miss this out-of-this-world opportunity. The Canyon Country campus is located at 17200 Sierra Highway.

For more information, visit https://www.canyons.edu/Offices/CCC/Pages/StarParty.aspx.

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