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First Friday Astronomy Event Offers ‘Stellar Exotica’ and Free Stargazing

X-ray binary image
X-ray binary, Circinus X-1.
Image provided by NASA.

Join the Boise State Physics Department at 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3, in Room 112 of the Education Building for the department’s monthly First Friday lecture.

Professor Mark Peacock of Michigan State University will describe many examples of “stellar exotica,” including X-ray binaries that consist of black holes or neutron stars accreting from
a closely orbiting donor star. Observations of these systems allow astronomers to track black holes lurking throughout the galaxy.

At 9 p.m., weather permitting, attendees will be able to stargaze on the rooftop of the
Science and Education Building at the Boise State Observatory. Note, the observatory is not handicap-accessible, so telescopes also will be set out on the plaza in front of the building.

The event is free and open to the public.