About the Talk:
The beauty of stars, including our Sun, ignites our curiosity about their origin and the source of their luminosity. In this talk, Sandeep Kumar will delve into the reasons behind the immense energy production that sustains our Sun’s radiant glow. The talk will take you on a journey through the diverse pathways of stellar evolution—an enigma of how stars shine in all their majestic brilliance. Throughout the discussion, Sandeep Kumar aims to cultivate your appreciation for these cosmic wonders, exploring the incredible journey from stellar birth to their fiery deaths, with special emphasis on our nearest star, the Sun. Various scenarios surrounding the death of a star will be discussed. By the end of this talk, the goal is to convince you that we are all composed of stardust, the debris of deceased stars.
About the Speaker:
Sandeep Kumar is a PhD scholar at the Udaipur Solar Observatory/PRL, Udaipur, India, and is registered at IIT Gandhinagar. He holds a Master’s degree in Astronomy from the Indian Institute of Technology in Indore and obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Chaudhary Devi Lal University, Sirsa. His work is centred around observations of coronal mass ejections (CMEs) and their propagation in the heliosphere. He also has a keen interest in simulating solar wind and CMEs.
His proposal on Using SWAP Observations for Optimizing The Magnetic Field Extrapolation and Solar Wind Velocity Prediction Models was selected as a Guest Investigator project for the Proba2 solar mission of the European Space Agency in 2022. Additionally, he is a member of the ongoing Indo-US Science and Technology Forum (IUSSTF) project, where he has made significant contributions to improving our understanding of CME propagation and their space weather impacts.