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BTN LiveBIG: Ohio State scientist studies the largest explosions in the universe

Inspired by their experiences in college and elsewhere, these Pathfinders are passing by the typical, well-trod career paths and blazing their own trails. We’ll explore the unconventional approaches these Big Ten alums and faculty are taking to work. It’s nature’s greatest fireworks display: the supernova death of a bright, rare supergiant Wolf-Rayet star — already several hundred times larger in diameter than our own sun — which sends white-hot astroparticles flying millions of miles in multiple directions at close to the speed of light. For Mauricio Bustamante, a postdoctoral fellow at Ohio State’s Center for Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics (CCAPP),