We are thrilled to announce the second edition of the Amsterdam Nerdnite! Come along on April 21st at 8.30 pm (doors open: 8pm) at the CREA Musictheater, Turfdraagsterpad 17, Amsterdam and tune in to role playing and weighing stars.
What is role- playing? What’s the difference between a tabletop- game and a mmorpg? Why do people feel the need to dress up and hit each other with foam-mattress-clad-weapons? All these and more questions will be answered in a short exposé about nerdy entertainment in this and other worlds. Brought to you by an ex-adept with a soft spot for gaming.
Neutron stars are more massive than the Sun, but all their matter is squeezed into a sphere not much wider than Amsterdam. In fact, they’re so dense that a single teaspoon of neutron star material would weigh more than everyone on Earth combined. Still, inferring something as basic as a neutron star’s mass is hard work – after all, they’re really, really far away and we can’t exactly go there with a scale. I’ll explain how we can determine a neutron star’s mass by treating it like an ultra-precise cosmic clock and what this can teach us about how gravity and particle physics works.
Jason Hessels is a research astronomer at the Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy (ASTRON) in Dwingeloo.