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MSRAL 2006 Convention

SLAS Regular Meeting
Friday, June 15, 2012
McDonnell Hall
Washington University

From Dusty Darkness to Brilliant Light: The Birth of Stars


Ms. Kristen Erickson
Department of Physics and Astronomy
University of Missouri - St. Louis

The stars seem to be eternal as well as distant. Their constellation patterns do not change noticeably over many centuries. But the stars do have life cycles, even though they are very long compared to those of humans. They eventually die, whether in a colossal explosion or in a quieter outflow of dust and gas. And new stars are born, from immense clouds of dust and gas scattered about the night sky. Ms. Erickson will talk about the process of star formation - how and where it occurs and how astronomers are able to study the birth of stars.
Kristen Erickson is a Doctoral candidate in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Missouri, St. Louis. She began her collegiate studies at the University of Arizona in Tucson. Nearby was the mountaintop cluster of large telescopes operated by the Kitt Peak National Observatory. Her research interests center on star formation, particularly on the stellar nurseries in the constellation of Serpens and near the star Rho Ophiuchi.

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