16 January 2020

We all know the spectacular explosions of supernovas, which emit as much energy as hundreds of ordinary stars throughout their entire existence in just a couple of days. In the sky, we may also find novas – their distant cousins, which also explode; however, their explosions do not cause the death of the star, as in the case of supernovas, and can happen numerous times. The discoveries made by Polish astronomers provided insights into the characteristics of the novas, and we will learn more about them during our lecture.

Photo at the top: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Dr Karolina Bąkowska is a research fellow at the Nicolaus Copernicus Astronomical Centre of the Polish Academy of Sciences, where she works with pulsating stars. Thanks to her Fulbright Junior Advanced Research Award, she had the opportunity to carry out her research work at the Department of Astronomy of the Ohio State University. Winner of the Youth Award of the Nicolaus Copernicus Astronomical Centre for the best publication of 2014.  She has received a scholarship from the Polish Academy of Sciences and the Ministry of Higher Education, as well as several grants from the National Science Centre. She worked at several American and British universities and conducted popular science lectures in observatories in planetariums, as well as Pyrkon and Copernicon fantasy conventions. Author of a children’s book entitled Niesamowity Wszechświat [The Amazing Universe].