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Tue 2 Apr 2024


Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI)
3700 San Martin Drive
Baltimore, MD 21218


3:00 PM - 4:30 PM EDT

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Speaker: Giovanna Pugliese (API / University of Amsterdam)

A gamma-ray burst is the brief, powerful emission of gamma-rays, the highest energy form of light. First observed over 50 years ago, gamma-ray bursts are now known to arise in distant galaxies, making them the most energetic explosions in the universe.

Dr. Giovanna Pugliese will explain the major milestones in understanding these formidable events. These discoveries have allowed astronomers to get a better understanding of the final stage of massive stars, the origin of heavy chemical elements, and one of the important sources of gravitational waves.

Recorded live on Tuesday, April 2, 2024.


The STScI Public Lecture Series offers talks on a diverse selection of cosmic topics, typically held the first Tuesday of every month. The 2024 Public Lecture Series is continuing an online-only format. This lecture will be presented with a livestream to YouTube, and questions can be asked in the YouTube chat. As usual, the recording will also be posted on our YouTube channel. We will, as necessary, adjust from the traditional first Tuesday at 8 PM schedule to accommodate our speakers.

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