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Join UT’s Department of Physics and Astronomy for the fifth lecture in the series, “Saturday Morning Physics.” Professor and Newton W. and Wilma C. Thomas Endowed Chair Anthony Mezzacappa will give a lecture titled “A Look through the Cosmic Photo Album at our Ancestors: Massive Stars” at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 4.

Mezzacappa’s lecture will discuss the cosmic “circle of life.” The death of massive stars known as core collapse supernovae produces the share of elements found on the periodic table between oxygen and iron. In addition, the core collapse supernovae bring extreme nature that still needs to be studied and understood. Mezzacappa will discuss how tools such as the Titan supercomputer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory can lead us to understand our own place in the cosmos.

The lecture will be held at 307 Science and Engineering Research Facility, 1414 Circle Drive. Limited parking will be available in the 11th Street Garage.

For more information about these lectures or to sign up, visit the Department of Physics and Astronomy’s website.


Kranti Gunthoti (865-974-5697,