Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Working hard at an English conference

All week I am at a conference in Leicester, England. We have talks all day long, and enjoy ourselves at night. (The above picture is renowned astronomer James Liebert participating in "Morris Dancing", a traditional English folk dance).

Of course, we are learning a lot, too. I've learned that several white dwarfs (dead stars with the mass if the sun but only the size of the Earth) have "rings," just like Saturn. In fact, the size and mass of the rings are very similar. We've also learned about stars that have escaped from star clusters, large numbers of white dwarfs in globular star clusters, and many very specialized topics.

1 comment:

  1. We're all worried about your safe return home, Professor! Love, Mrs. Astronomy.