University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota

School of Physics and Astronomy

Minnesota Institute for Astrophysics


Profile: Prof. Kris Davidson, Emeritus

In the last several years, I have worked intensively on the supermassive star Eta Carina, which in its great eruption 160 years ago, ejected an enormous mass (10-20 times that of our sun) into space. In a short period of time, astronomically speaking, the star itself may finally die in a supernova explosion. The Hubble Space Telescope (HST) has designated our study of Eta Carina as one of its Treasury Projects, devoting large amounts of time to studying its variations.
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