A true "star search" is going on in our area. Researchers in FSU's physics department are creating and exploding stars in their underground laboratory. The purpose: to find out what makes these terrific twinklers tick.
Humankind has wondered how stars work since they could raise their nose and look up into the sky. FSU physics professors Ingo Wiedenhoever and Samuel Tabor are excited about their labs newest addition. The red contraption allows them to recreate the nuclear reactions in exploding stars, and we're not talking about shooting stars.
Ingo Wiedenhoever, FSU professor of physics, says, “Shooting stars are basically asteroids. These stars are two to three times the size of the sun and go up in a huge explosion.”
The goal is to learn how stars are created and die as well as help scientists worldwide interpret data and materials gathered from spacecrafts exploring stars, but our second and equally important goal is training.
FSU leaders believe this project will be instrumental in furthering astrophysics research worldwide.