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Title: Gamma-ray Bursts: The Largest and Most Distant Explosions in the Universe
Originating Office: PAO
Speaker: Costa, Enrico
Issue Date: 30-Sep-2011
Event Date: 30-Sep-2011
Group/Series/Folder: Record Group 3.8 - Office of University Development and Public Affairs
Series 6 - Audio-visual Materials
Location: 3.8:6 box 6.3.5
Notes: The Shaw Prize Lecture in Astronomy 2011.
Abstract: Dr Enrico Costa, Director of Research, Institute of Space Astrophysics and Cosmic Physics (Rome), National Institute of Astrophysics, Italy, is awarded this year’s Shaw Prize in Astronomy for his leadership of space missions that enabled the demonstration of the cosmological origin of gamma ray bursts, the brightest sources known in the universe.
Dr Costa speaks on the topic 'Gamma-ray Bursts: The Largest and Most Distant Explosions in the Universe'. The phenomenon of gamma-ray bursts is among the greatest discoveries in astronomy of the past century. He discusses some of the properties of gamma-ray bursts, how these properties have provided the statistical evidence for a remote location, and how the bursts can be used as tools for examining some of the conditions at the earliest times after the Big Bang. This promises to be an enlightening talk that helps us understand the origin of our universe.
[The lecture was postponed from 29 September to 30 September due to Typhoon Nesat approaching Hong Kong].
Duration: 68 min.
Appears in Series:3.8:6 - Audio-visual Materials
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