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The Cosmic Gift of Neutron Stars: Perimeter Institute LIVE

Tune in tonight at 7 p.m. for a fascinating Perimeter Institute public lecture on the physics and mysteries behind neutron stars.

Illustration of a magnetar in the young star system Westerlund-1. | ESO/L. Calçada
Illustration of a magnetar in the young star system Westerlund-1. | ESO/L. Calçada
Neutron stars are a celestial gift to scientists. These incredibly dense collapsed stars act as very precise cosmic beacons that help shed light on some of the most challenging problems in modern physics. In her Feb. 3 talk at Perimeter Institute, astrophysicist Victoria Kaspi (McGill University) will explore these strange objects, explain how astronomers are using them to study issues ranging from the origins of the universe to the very nature of matter, and even let the audience hear the cosmic symphony they create. - Perimeter Institute

Tonight, the Perimeter Institute of Theoretical Physics in Waterloo, Ontario, will be hosting a fascinating public lecture and Discovery News will stream it live on this page at 7 p.m. ET. Victoria Kaspi will discuss the physics behind one of my favorite cosmic objects - the neutron star. These stellar husks are the leftovers after massive stars explode, but their lives have only just begun and can be used by astronomers as tools to understand the scale and structure of our universe. Rapidly-spinning neutron stars are known as pulsars and Kaspi is a specialist in X-ray and radio astronomy, tracking pulsars' steady blinking.

Watch the live feed below at 7 a.m. ET; you can also ask Kaspi questions about her work via the Perimeter Facebook page or via Twitter during the event using the hashtag #piLIVE. Don't miss it!

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Previous lectures in the Perimeter Institute lecture series:

Perimeter Institute: The Unlikely Hero of Modern Medicine Perimeter Institute: The Era of Optical Atomic Clocks Perimeter Institute: The Astonishing Simplicity of Everything Perimeter Institute: Cosmology in the 21st Century Perimeter Institute: The Most Wanted Particle: The Higgs Boson Perimeter Institute: String Theory Legos For Black Holes