Friday 1 October, 18h00
Public Lecture - all are welcome:
Prof. Dr. Werner Hofmann
Max Planck Institute fuer Kernphysik

"Black Holes and Exploding Stars: Observing the Universe with H.E.S.S.(pdf) (ppt)
at the Gemeindezentrum Foundation
on the corner of Dr. W. Kütz and Bismarck St. See map of this area and the larger map of Windhoek in the Travel section.

Chandra X-ray image of the pulsar wind nebula or "plerion" (shown as a blue nebulosity) associated with pulsar PSR B1509-58 (bright white spot) in supernova remnant SNR G320.4-1.2 - the result of an exploded star. The word "plerion" is- derived from the Greek word "pleres" to indicate that the pulsar wind nebula is "filled" by energetic particles streaming from the tiny rotating pulsar. This wind is probably confined by the thermal nebula at the top (red/yellow colours), but escapes more freely towards the bottom left along the southern pulsar jet.
There are many such plerions in our galaxy (the Crab Nebula is also a plerion) and H.E.S.S. will be searching for very high energy gamma-rays from a number of these systems.


Program: HESS Public Lecture
2 October, 2004


Constructed and Maintained by
Estie Nel
Namibia, 27 September - 2 October 2004
North West University