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The ASNSW holds meetings in most months, on Friday evenings nearest Full Moon. The meetings will have a guest speaker who is a professional astronomer or other qualified specialist, discussing leading-edge developments in astronomy or members may offer presentations of a varied nature (general interest or recent activities). Each year, the Annual General Meeting is held in August. The Astroimaging Section meets separately, with meeting information on the Astroimaging & Committee Meetings page. Meetings are held at the Epping Creative Centre - details here

In order to help new members and visitors feel more welcome at our Ordinary Meetings (the Friday night ones), the START time for the meetings is being moved to the earlier time of 7.30pm to allow some dedicated time for a meet-and-greet at the beginning, as well as more social time after the guest speaker.
Further details may be found here: http://www.asnsw.com/node/1562.

Notes to guest speakers: Our meeting hall is equipped with a data projector (VGA and HDMI connections available) and projection screen. Loud-speakers can also be set up if sound is required, though sound should come to the projector through an HDMI connection. In line with our Anti-Discrimination and Harassment Policy, we have to stipulate that your presentation should not include any content that may cause offence to anyone in the audience. Details of the policy are available on our website here: http://www.asnsw.com/node/963#policies

List of Past Speakers

Forthcoming Meetings
  | September 2019 | October 2019 | November 2019 | February 2020 | March 2020 | May 2020 | June 2020 | July 2020 | August 2020 | September 2020 | October 2020 | November 2020 |

Friday 6th September 2019 - 7:30pm (note new earlier start time)
Topic: Clouds in Alien Skies
Speaker: Lucyna Chudczer (Programme Manager - Astronomy Australia Ltd)
Venue: Epping Creative Centre - 26 Stanley Road, Epping
Abstract: In our Solar System clouds have been observed on all planets surrounded by even a tenuous atmosphere. They can also form in the atmospheres of cool stars such as brown dwarfs. Clouds are likely to be ubiquitous in the atmospheres of extra solar planets as well and are recognised as an important component in models of planetary climate. They affect the amount of stellar light that filters into planetary atmospheres and have a significant effect on cooling and warming of planets. I will describe the properties of clouds that can be expected in the atmospheres of extra solar planets and will compare them with the examples of clouds on the Solar System planets. I will also discuss observations and measurements that are needed to detect and characterise clouds and hazes on exoplanets. 

Biography: Lucyna Kedziora-Chudczer was born in Poland, where she studied astronomy at the Jagellonian University in Krakow. After she received her Master Degree, she moved to Australia and completed her PhD on the radio variability of Active Galactic Nuclei at the University of Sydney in 1999. At the same year she became the AAO/ATNF Research Fellow at the Anglo Australian Observatory studying polarization properties and monitoring the intraday variable quasars. In 2003 she moved to the University of Sydney, where she was offered a position of the Harry Messel Research Fellow, and continued her work on both the polarization of compact radio sources and properties of our local Galactic Interstellar Medium. During this time, she also taught undergraduate courses and mentored the PhD students. In 2009 she accepted a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the UNSW in the area of planetary and exo-planetary science. She is a member of the Australian Centre for Astrobiology. Her interests include the spectroscopy and polarimetry observations of exoplanets, as well as the modelling of planetary atmospheres. During her research at the UNSW she was involved in the design and construction of the High Precision Polarimetric Instrument (HIPPI) used at the Anglo Australian Telescope for observations of exoplanets and bright stars. In 2019 she accepted position of the Program Manager at Astronomy Australia Limited. She continues her research in planetary astronomy as an Adjunct Research Fellow at the University of Southern Queensland.

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Friday 11th October 2019 - 7:30pm
Topic: Women in Astronomy
Speaker: Lesa Moore, ASNSW
Venue: Epping Creative Centre - 26 Stanley Road, Epping
Abstract: When you think of famous astronomers, the names that come to mind are probably Galileo, Copernicus, Newton, maybe Eratosthenes. This talk will escape from the common theme by discussing the very important female astronomers who revolutionised stellar classification and distance measurement, made famous discoveries (including a new class of object), were at the forefront of radio astronomy, contributed to the understanding of dark matter in galaxies ... and more.
Biography: Lesa Moore has been an enthsiastic amateur astronomer since 1986 (the year of Halley's Comet). She has a long history of working in astronomical public outreach, including working at three public-access observatories at various times, including the Macquarie University Observatory, during her time studying for her Master of Philosophy in Astronomy (MPhil, 2008). Lesa was fortunate in spending five years as an enrichment lecturer on cruise ships. She led the Space Odyssey Team (SPOT) at Tara Anglican School for Girls over the winters of 2017 to 2019, and currently serves as treasurer and editor for the Astronomical Society of NSW (ASNSW).

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Friday 8th November 2019 - 7:30pm
Topic: Cosmic Chronicles
Speaker: Professor Fred Watson AM (Dept Industry, Innovation & Science, Fred Watson Tours)
Venue: Epping Creative Centre - 26 Stanley Road, Epping
Abstract: Are we alone in the Universe? Where did the Moon come from? How do we know what stars are made of? Could there really be a future in asteroid mining? In Cosmic Chronicles, Fred Watson – Australia’s Astronomer-at-Large and bestselling author – explores the hottest topics in space science and astronomy. Watson presents the most up-to-date knowledge on everything from light echoing around the cosmos, the mechanics of black holes and how to navigate the hidden delights of nightfall, to the most profound questions facing humankind. With mind-bending stories from the frontiers of science, Cosmic Chronicles is an expert’s view of what we know and how we know it.
Biography: Professor Fred Watson is the former Astronomer-in-Charge of the Australian Astronomical Observatory. Before that, he worked at both the UK’s Royal Observatories. Today, he is Australia’s first Astronomer-at-Large, and holds adjunct positions at several Australian universities. Fred is best known for his radio and TV broadcasts, talks, and other outreach programs, which earned him the 2006 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.

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Friday 28th February 2020 - 7:30pm
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Friday 27th March 2020 - 7:30pm
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Friday 1st May 2020 - 7:30pm
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Friday 29th May 2020 - 7:30pm
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Friday 26th June 2020 - 7:30pm
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Friday 24th July 2020 - 7:30pm
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Friday 7th August 2020 - 7:30pm
Topic: Annual General Meeting
Venue: Epping Creative Centre - 26 Stanley Road, Epping
Abstract: Presentation of reports and awards, election of committee

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Friday 28th August 2020 - 7:30pm
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Friday 25th September 2020 - 7:30pm
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Friday 23rd October 2020 - 7:30pm
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Friday 20th November 2020 - 7:30pm
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