HPU To Feature Lecture On Supernova Remnants By NC State Professor

HIGH POINT, N.C., Oct. 9, 2009 – High Point University will feature a lecture by Dr. Stephen P. Reynolds, professor of astrophysics and relativity at North Carolina State University. The event will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 30 in the Francis Auditorium in Francis Hall. The event is open to the public.
Reynolds – who has an interest in areas of high-energy processes in supernova remnants, active galaxies, and other locales, in particular the acceleration of particles in strong shock waves – discovered the youngest known supernova remnant in the Milky Way in 2008.
Having exploded 140 years ago, the supernova remnant is 200 years younger than the previously youngest known supernova. By studying a younger supernova such as this one, astronomers are able to better understand the explosion of a star.
Reynolds, who will talk about his findings, used images taken from the last year with the Chandra X-ray Observatory and images taken in 1985 with a radio telescope to calculate the rate of expansion of the supernova.
At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in a fun environment with caring people. HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with 3,700 undergraduate and graduate students from 50 countries and 44 states at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem. It is ranked by US News and World Report No. 5 among comprehensive universities in the South and No. 1 in its category among up-and-coming schools. Forbes.com ranks HPU in the top 6 percent among “America’s Best Colleges.” HPU was included in The Chronicle of Higher Education’s “Great Colleges to Work For” 2009 listings. The university offers 68 undergraduate majors, 40 undergraduate minors and seven graduate degree programs. It is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at www.highpoint.edu. Chris DudleyVice President for Administration336-841-4530cdudley@highpoint.edu

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