AAO Colloquia

The AAO organises frequent colloquia at our North Ryde headquarters. These are usually held Thursday morning at 11:00 am, though other dates are occasionally scheduled. We welcome talks from visiting astronomers - if you are passing through Sydney and would like to tell us about your work, please fill out the AAO Visitor Form. The ATNF (Australia Telescope National Facility) also organises colloquia at their Epping offices. A schedule for these talks can be found on the ATNF Colloquia webpage. The AAO and ATNF occasionally organise Joint Colloquia when the speaker is likely to be of interest to both radio and optical communities. These talks will be found in both the list below, and the ATNF schedule. A list of past speakers can also be found below.

Next Scheduled AAO Colloquium

Maria Hammerstrom and Jenifer Millard, speaking on "Huntsman Winter Student Projects 2015: Light pollution & the point spread function", to be held in the AAO Meeting Room (Room 7, 1st Floor, Building 2) at 11:00AM on Thursday 6th August, 2015.
Abstract:
The Huntsman Telephoto Array is a joint AAO/Macquarie University project to build an astronomical imaging system from a large array of Canon telephoto camera lenses. This approach has advantages over conventional telescopes for imaging low surface brightness targets, for example dwarf galaxies and stellar streams.

The two winter students working on the Huntsman will present the idea behind the Huntsman Telephoto Array, as well as their projects:

- Modelling the light pollution for a given observational site using satellite data and theoretical models
- Modelling the Point Spread Function (PSF) of Huntsman's Eye using widely available astronomical image analysis programmes and stacking techniques
- Outreach and logo design

 

Upcoming Scheduled Colloquia

DateTimeLocationSpeakerTitle
Thursday 6th August, 201511:00AMAAO Meeting Room (Room 7, 1st Floor, Building 2)Maria Hammerstrom and Jenifer Millard (AAO Winter Students)Huntsman Winter Student Projects 2015: Light pollution & the point spread function
Thursday 20th August, 201511:30AMAAO Meeting Room (Room 7, 1st Floor, Building 2)Barak Zackay (Weizmann Institute of Science)TBA
Thursday 17th September, 201502:00PMAAO Meeting Room (Room 7, 1st Floor, Building 2)Jeffrey Cooke and Peter Gillingham (Swinburne / AAO)An Australian-led wide-field camera for the Keck Observatory
Wednesday 14th October, 201511:00AMAAO Meeting Room (Room 7, 1st Floor, Building 2)Tadayuki Kodama and Suzuki Tomoko (National Astronomical Observatory in Japan)TBA

Past Colloquia

DateTimeLocationSpeakerTitle
Thursday 30th July, 201511:30AMOtherProf Katherine Blundell (University of Oxford)Time-Domain Spectroscopy from the Global Jet Watch Observatories
Wednesday 15th July, 201511:00AMAAO Meeting Room (Room 7, 1st Floor, Building 2)Tim Abbott (CTIO)NOAO, CTIO, and the Blanco 4-m telescope, v2.0
Thursday 25th June, 201511:00AMAAO Large Meeting Room (Room 1, Ground Floor, Building 3)Fred Watson (AAO )Public Engagement through Tourism
Thursday 18th June, 201511:00AMAAO Meeting Room (Room 7, 1st Floor, Building 2)Lee Spitler (Macquarie University/ AAO)The ZFOURGE survey: the evolution of galaxies since redshift z=4
Thursday 11th June, 201511:30AMAAO Meeting Room (Room 7, 1st Floor, Building 2)Andrew Casey (University of Cambridge)The Best and Brightest Metal-Poor Stars
Thursday 4th June, 201502:00PMAAO Meeting Room (Room 7, 1st Floor, Building 2)Daniela Calzetti (U Mass Amherst)Star Formation Across Space
Wednesday 20th May, 201502:00PMAAO Meeting Room (Room 7, 1st Floor, Building 2)Duncan Forbes (Swinburne University)Small Stellar Systems: Across the Star Cluster-Galaxy Divide
Thursday 23rd April, 201511:00AMAAO Meeting Room (Room 7, 1st Floor, Building 2)David Buckley (SALT Observatory)The Road to Science with the SALT
Friday 10th April, 201511:00AMAAO Meeting Room (Room 7, 1st Floor, Building 2)Rubina Kotak (Queen's University Belfast)Explosions and eruptions of massive stars: current enigmas and future prospects
Thursday 12th March, 201511:30AMAAO Meeting Room (Room 7, 1st Floor, Building 2)Pierluigi Cerulo (Swinburne)The Build-up Of The Red Sequence in High Redshift Galaxy Clusters
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