The Sun, the Stars, and Other Mysteries
The biggest reason Earth harbors life today won’t be found on Earth. Look instead out to space, among the stars. In this Master Class, we’ll review current scientific understanding of the birth of the first stars, the extreme gravitational and thermonuclear processes that created starlight, and the stellar deaths of stars that seeded the universe with the ingredients for life. Then we’ll zoom in on the history of our particular corner of the cosmos and our own parent star, from the sun’s origins to the formation of the Earth – from the sun’s leftovers! – to the sunlight that has bathed our planet for four and a half billion years.
Charles Liu is a professor of astrophysics at the City University of New York’s College of Staten Island, and an associate with the Hayden Planetarium and department of astrophysics at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. He received the American Institute of Physics Science Writing Award for his book One Universe: At Home in the Cosmos.