Maastricht University has invited professor of astrophysics Anna Watts (University of Amsterdam) to give a Studium Generale lecture on neutron stars. The lecture will be online and in English and is free to attend after registration.
There are thousands of curious stars in our galaxy, called neutron stars, which are the size of a city but weigh as much as the sun. Gravity on a neutron star is 100 billion times stronger than on earth, atoms get crushed together to form strange types of nuclear matter, and their magnetic fields can be a staggering 1000 billion times stronger than a fridge magnet.
In this lecture, Anna Watts will explore why this weirdness makes them special. They allow us to study physics at the limits of our imagination: from gravity to magnets, and to the very tiniest particles that make up everything around us.