All lectures are being held in the Charles Perkins Centre Auditorium below Taste Cafe
(Note: each lecture will run twice throughout the evening)
PROGRAM AVAILABLE NOW - printable pdf
||Welcome & opening address|
|16:20-17:00||Lisa Harvey-Smith & all speakers
||Just for Kids: Interactive Q&A Session
|17:00-17:20||Jessica Bloom||The Universe Explained in 15 Minutes or Less
||The Search for new Worlds||All ages|
||Magnetism: from the Earth to the Cosmos
||The Invisble Universe
||Collisions and Explosions in the Universe
|| All ages
|19:10-19:30||Jessica Bloom||The Universe in 15 MInutes or Less||All ages|
|19:30-19:50||Christene Lynch||The Search for New Worlds||All ages|
|19:50-20:10||Cormac Purcell||Magnetism: from the Earth to the Cosmos||All ages|
|20:10-20:30||Tara Murphy||The Invisible Universe||All ages|
|20:30-20:50||Duane Hamacher||Indigenous Astronomy||All ages|
|20:50-21:10||Brad Tucker||Collisions and Explosions in the Universe|
Just for Kids: Interactive Q&A Session - 4.20pm
Lisa Harvey-Smith and all our speakers
The Universe Explained in 15 Minutes or Less - 5.00pm & 7.10pm
How did we get here? How big is space? How fast can one astronomer talk? All these questions - and more! - will be answered. Come for a whirlwind tour of the life of our Universe, from Big Bang to present day and beyond.
The Search for New Worlds - 5.20pm & 7.30pm
Questions about the possibility of life on planets outside our Solar System are fundamental questions about our place in the universe. Over the last decade astronomers have made great strides to find new planets similar to the Earth, that may be able to support life. Through this effort thousands of new planets have been discovered outside our Solar System. In this talk I’ll discuss these newly discovered worlds and how astronomers are determining which are the best candidates to host life.
Magnetism: from the Earth to the Cosmos - 5.40pm & 7.50pm
We rely on magnetism for our survival and for all of our modern technology. In this talk I'll explain what magnetism is and how it effects our lives on Earth. We will journey out through space peering at magnetism through the Milky Way and on towards the earliest galaxies in the universe. I'll show how Australia will soon make the best images of magnetism in the cosmos using our shiny new radio telescope - the Australian Square Kilometer Array Pathfinder.
We live in an era of data driven science. Cutting edge telescopes generate terabytes of data in our quest to understand the Universe. The Square Kilometre Array is predicted to generate petabytes of data per night, and need the world’s largest supercomputers to process it. In this talk I will discuss how we are trying to overcome some of the challenges of recording, transporting, storing and ultimately understanding these massive datasets.
Indigenous astronomy - 6.20pm & 8.30pm
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities are sharing a wealth of knowledge they have about the stars. From star maps and animal behaviour, to celestial ceremonies and using the Moon and stars to predict weather, collaborative research with elders demonstrates highly complex and evolving Indigenous astronomical knowledge systems that contain a scientific component. Dr Duane Hamacher will discuss some of the latest research in this area, as well as show some never-before-seen videos of sacred star songs and dances from the Torres Strait the elders are happy to share.
Collisions and Explosions in the Universe- 6.40pm & 8.50pm
Space is full of things that go bump (or boom)! I will talk about some of these explosions and collisions - stars that explode, black holes that destroy stars, galaxies that collide into each other, and even screwdrivers crashing into satellites!