Professor Belinda Wilkes will speak on “A Clear View of the X-ray Universe with NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory”
Belinda is a Royal Society Wolfson Visiting Fellow in the School of Physics at the University of Bristol and is the former Director of the Chandra X-ray Centre, which operates Chandra for NASA.
NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory was launched on 23 July 1999 by the Space Shuttle Columbia. Now in its 23rd year of operations, Chandra continues to be an indispensable tool for expanding the frontiers of knowledge throughout astrophysics. Chandra’s uniquely high (subarcsec) spatial, and spectral resolution have facilitated the deepest and sharpest images of the X-ray sky to date. Combining the X-ray data with that from optical, infrared, and radio telescopes gives us a much deeper understanding of each source. I will review Chandra’s unique capabilities and take us on a tour of some of the most spectacular discoveries across the whole range of celestial sources. These include the birth and death of stars, super-massive black holes, active galaxies, clusters of galaxies, dark matter, merging neutron stars, and more.
Venue: Redland Church Halls Redland Green Road, Bristol BS6 7HE. (Please note that we will only be using the front part of the Halls which are accessed from the entrance on the right side of the Halls, not the front as previously).