Monday 21 May, 2012

21 05 2012

A New Way of Looking at the Sky

Prof Bryan Gaensler, School of Physics, The University of Sydney

For centuries, astronomers have built increasingly powerful telescopes, designed to look at small parts of the sky in ever more detail. However, there are fundamental questions about the Cosmos that can’t be answered through this approach. To make further progress, we need to do astronomy in a different way: instead of peering at tiny patches in detail, we now need to step back and look at huge parts of the sky at once.

This month Prof Bryan Gaensler, from The University of Sydney, will talk about how right here in Australia, we are now embarking on an exciting journey to develop this new way of looking at the sky.

  • Time: 6:30 – 7:30pm, Monday 21 May, 2012
  • Venue: Long Room, Customs House at Riverside
  • Arrangements: Doors open at 6pm. No need to book – just show up!
  • Refreshments: There will be complimentary drinks and nibblies following the talk, where Prof Bryan Gaensler will be available to answer any questions
  • Questions? For any further information please contact Andrew.

Bryan Gaensler is an award-winning astronomer and best-selling author, who is internationally recognised for his groundbreaking work on dying stars, interstellar magnets and cosmic explosions. A former Young Australian of the Year, NASA Hubble Fellow and Harvard professor, Gaensler is now an Australian Laureate Fellow at The University of Sydney and is Director of the Centre of Excellence for All-sky Astrophysics. He gave the 2001 Australia Day Address, was named one of Sydney’s 100 most influential people for 2010, and in 2011 was awarded Australia’s Pawsey Medal for outstanding research by a physicist aged under 40. His popular astronomy book “Extreme Cosmos” was published in NewSouth Books in 2011, and will be released worldwide in July 2012.

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