July 11-15, 2011
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Surveys for Wolf-Rayet Stars in the Galaxy and the Local Group

Michael Shara (AMNH)

Michael Shara American Museum of Natural History

Finding and characterizing complete samples of Wolf-Rayet stars in the Milky Way and in nearby galaxies has been a passion of Tony Moffat for four decades. One of those stars might erupt as a supernova in our lifetimes if we can assemble a large enough sample. I'll describe an intensive effort to find almost all of the Milky Way's WR stars, and the current census of the Local Group.
(to be confirmed by the SOC)