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Plenary Lecture: Diet of the Stars: Mass Accretion and Mass Loss (by Ellis Avallone)
“A picture is worth a thousand words, but a spectrum is worth a thousand pictures,” says Dr. Andrea Dupree (Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian). The first plenary of the day was on stellar spectroscopy, Dupree’s specialty, and the power it gives us in understanding stellar processes.
The talk focused on two main topics in stellar astrophysics: mass accretion and mass loss. There are many outstanding questions related to these processes, like their effects on the star, the star’s environment, and the planets around the star. However, answers to these questions remain conjectures until we can look at a star’s spectrum.
An ALMA view of TW Hya, a young star surrounded by a protoplanetary disk. [S. Andrews (Harvard-Smithsonian CfA)/B. Saxton (NRAO/AUI/NSF)/ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO)]Dupree then dove into discussing accretion. ...