The Story of Light - The Astronomer’s Perspective

March 25, 2015

As part of the VIVID Sydney 2015 Ideas festival, the AAO is hosting a unique event in conjunction with the International Multiwavelength Dissection of Galaxies Conference.

As part of the VIVID Sydney 2015 Ideas festival, the AAO is hosting a unique event in conjunction with the International Multiwavelength Dissection of Galaxies  Conference.

The Story of Light (Credit: Angel Lopez-Sanchez)

A panel of professional astronomers tell “The Story of Light”, inspired by the International Year of Light and Light-Based Technologies 2015.

Almost everything we know about the Universe comes from light emitted by stars and gas. The entertaining panel will describe many ways astronomers use light and light-based technologies to uncover exciting mysteries of the Universe and improve our understanding of cosmology, exoplanets, the search for life and more! Targeted for a general audience, the panel will happily answer any questions about the Universe, so bring yours along.

WHEN: Sunday, 24th May 2015, 2:00 - 3:30 pm

WHERE: Powerhouse Museum, 500 Harris Street, Ultimo, NSW 2007

TICKETS: $15.00. Tickets can be bought in the Event Webpage of the PowerHouse Museum

SPEAKERS:

Joss Bland-Hawthorn is an Australian Laureate Fellow and Professor of Physics at the University of Sydney. He is the current Director of the Sydney Institute for Astronomy and co-founder of the Institute of Photonics and Optical Science. His interests are in the formation and evolution of galaxies, especially our own Milky Way. He also develops novel instruments for ground and space-based telescopes. His main interests include reading, rowing and running. You can find him on twitter as @JossBlandHawtho thanks to Amanda Bauer who forced him on there, a bit tough for a shrinking violet.

Amanda Bauer is an Astronomer and Outreach Officer for the Australian Astronomical Observatory and was recently named as one of the "Top 5 Under 40" science researchers in Australia. She uses earth-based and orbiting space telescopes to explore variations in how galaxies formed, how they live their lives, and how they evolve into the diverse array of galaxy species we see today. She was a finalist in the national Fresh Science Media competition in 2012 and remains passionate about sharing humanity’s cosmic story with diverse audiences around the world. You can find her online as @astropixie and at http://amandabauer.blogspot.com/.

Fred Watson is an astronomer at the Australian Astronomical Observatory, where he is Astronomer-in-Charge and Head of Lighting and Environment. Fred is best known for his radio and TV broadcasts, talks, and other outreach programs, which earned him the 2006 Australian Government Eureka Prize for Promoting Understanding of Science. He has also written a number of award-winning books, and was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2010. Fred has an asteroid named after him (5691 Fredwatson), but says that if it hits the Earth, it won’t be his fault.

The afternoon will be hosted by Justine Rogers, a lecturer at UNSW Law and a regular part of Sydney's stand-up comedy circuit. She performed at the Sydney Comedy Festival and founded Nerd Nite Sydney in order to combine her love for facts and humour.

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