Jun 15, 2013
Feature Guest: Christopher McKee
Astronomy and science popularizaer Carl Sagan famously declared “We
are all starstuff.” He was referring to the discovery that much of
the heavier elements in our body formed in the supernovas of dying
stars. But after supernovas eject material out into the galaxy, how
does that gas - and the rest of the interstellar medium - form into
new stars, planets and ultimately us? To help answer that question
Christopher McKee joins Justin Trottier at The Star Spot.
The two discuss McKee's contribution to our understanding of the interstellar medium, how the discovery of dark matter effected his model, and what role his work in two very different areas of astrophysics - quasars and the space between the stars - played in advancing his career.
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About Christopher McKee
Astrophysicist Christopher McKee is professor of physics and astronomy at the University of California Berkeley, where he co-founded the Theoretical Astrophysics Center. He has had appointments at Caltech, Harvard and the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. McKee is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is an authority on the interstellar medium, the environment of sparse gas that exists between the stars of our galaxy.