Sydney Science Forum - A New Way of Looking at the Sky

14 March 2012
Sydney Science Forum - A New Way of Looking at the Sky
Sydney Science Forum - A New Way of Looking at the Sky

Presented by Professor Bryan Gaensler
ARC Australian Laureate Fellow Director, Centre for All-sky Astrophysics (CAASTRO), University of Sydney

Ever since Galileo first turned a telescope to the sky in the 1600s, the push has been to build telescopes that reveal the wonders of the night sky in ever more detail. Despite all the many discoveries astronomers have made over the centuries, there are still fundamental unsolved problems about the Cosmos. How has the Universe evolved from the Big Bang to the present day? What is the extreme physics that drives the sudden changes we see in the night sky? And what are the Dark Energy and Dark Matter that make up a staggering 95% of the Universe? To make further progress, we need to do astronomy in a different way: instead of peering at tiny patches of stars in detail, we now need to step back and look at huge parts of the sky at once.

Here in Australia, we are now embarking on an exciting journey to develop this new way of looking at the sky. Professor Bryan Gaensler will describe the exciting technology that is taking shape across Australia, and will explain the amazing discoveries that we are making about the Universe through this bold new approach.

Time: 5.45pm-6.45pm, Wednesday 14 March 2012

Location: Eastern Avenue Auditorium, University of Sydney

Cost: Free

Contact: Faculty of Science Information Office

Phone: 9351 3021

Email: 21071b330d12067e153c314527013d362b5f310e45314b33743111

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