Our guest speaker will be University of Hawaii researcher and professor, Dr. Bo Reipurth. He will talk about the creation and evolution of multiple-star systems (binary and triple stars, think Tatooine). The telescope observing deck will be open for the standard Friday night open house after the meeting, weather permitting.
Dr. Reipurth became fascinated by the concept of actually seeing stars forming at an early age. While growing up in Copenhagen, he took up reading the English language Sky & Telescope magazine. “One day I read an article about small mysterious blobs called Herbig-Haro objects which might be signposts of stars in the making. I was completely captivated by the possibility that we might actually be able to see stars in the process of being born, and I have spent most of my professional career trying to learn about how stars are formed.” (image credit: NASA, bio information from IfA News Letter No. 27-2008)
He received his PhD from the University of Copenhagen. He was also a staff astronomer at the European Southern Observatory in Chile, after which he came to the Center for Astrophysics and Space Astronomy (CASA) at the University of Colorado as researcher and professor. In 2001 he moved to the Institute for Astronomy (IfA) at the University of Hawaii, where works presently as a research professor at the Hilo campus on the Big Island.
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