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The ASNSW holds two meetings in most months, on Friday evenings nearest Full Moon. At least one of the meetings will have a guest speaker who is a professional astronomer or other qualified specialist, discussing leading-edge developments in astronomy. The other meeting sometimes has members making presentations of their own observations, research or 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

Notes to guest speakers: Our meeting hall is equipped with a data projector (VGA and HDMI connections available) and projection screen. Speakers can also be set up if sound is required. 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
  | August 2018 | September 2018 | October 2018 | November 2018 | February 2019 | March 2019 | April 2019 | May 2019 | June 2019 | July 2019 | August 2019 | September 2019 | October 2019 | November 2019 |

Friday 24th August 2018 - 8:00pm

Topic: Annual General Meeting
Venue: Epping Creative Centre - 26 Stanley Road, Epping
Abstract: Presentation of annual reports and election of office bearers and committee. Full notice and nomination form available here: NOTICE, NOMINATION, EMAIL INSTRUCTIONS (Word Document).

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Friday 14th September 2018 - 8:00pm
Topic: The Huntsman telescope: a Canon lens array designed for ultra-faint imaging
Speaker: Lee Spitler, MQ, AAO
Venue: Epping Creative Centre - 26 Stanley Road, Epping
Abstract: I will provide an update about the Huntsman telescope, which will use off-the-shelf Canon lenses to see some of the faintest galactic structures ever seen before. I'll motivate the design of the telescope and describe some of the commissioning efforts underway. I'll also share some information about a new space telescope mission, named SkyHopper.
Biography: Dr. Lee Spitler has a Senior Lecturer position at Macquarie University. He received a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science at the University of California, Santa Cruz. In 2004, he moved to Australia to start a PhD in astrophysics at Swinburne University. His thesis, titled Extragalactic Globular Cluster Systems, focused on analysing images of nearby NGC galaxies and studying their globular star cluster systems. After completing his PhD, Dr. Spitler started a postdoc at Swinburne and shifted his research interests to observing extremely distant galaxies.

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Friday 19th October 2018 - 8:00pm
Topic: On skepticism, skeptical activism, and the link to astronomy
Speaker: Eran Segev, ASNSW, Australian Skeptics
Venue: Epping Creative Centre - 26 Stanley Road, Epping
Abstract: From the Hellenic Skepticos to modern science-based Skepticism, doubting has never been simple. Balancing pragmatism and philosophical purity has been a constant challenge, but it is largely well-met by the current crop of skeptical activists. Part of the reason is the heavy reliance on science. And among the sciences, astronomy is a headline act in skeptical circles, with a large overlap between the skeptical and astronomical communities.
Biography: Eran Segev is an IT management consultant, a science nerd since his first memories and a long time member of the ASNSW. He has also just stepped down from being the President of Australian Skeptics Inc, a position he has held for 7 of the last 9 years.

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Friday 16th November 2018 - 8:00pm

The Gordon Patston Memorial Lecture: "Astronomy at Large" with Fred Watson

Topic: Astronomy at Large
Speaker: Professor Fred Watson AM (Dept Industry, Innovation & Science, Fred Watson Tours)
Venue: Epping Creative Centre - 26 Stanley Road, Epping
Abstract: You might have heard that the Australian Government has recently appointed its first Astronomer-at-Large. You may also be wondering what an Astronomer-at-Large does? The answer ranges from exploring the antennas of the Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder to the exploitation of European Southern Observatory facilities in Chile – with a dash of the Australian Space Agency in between. And that’s just the start. Don’t miss this entertaining and fully illustrated account by the Astronomer-at-Large himself.
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 15th February 2019 - 8:00pm
Topic: Astrobiology - Life on Earth and Beyond
Speaker: Lesa Moore, ASNSW
Venue: Epping Creative Centre - 26 Stanley Road, Epping
Abstract: Life is all-pervasive on Earth, existing in many extreme environments, but what is life? This talk will review our definitions of life, explore its history and versatility on Earth, and discuss possible criteria for identifying "other" forms of life. The potential for discovering evidence of life elsewhere in the Solar System will be examined. Finally, a discussion of the likelihood and means of finding life in systems beyond the Solar System will be included.
Biography: Lesa's name would be familiar to members, as she is the treasurer and editor for the ASNSW. She has long history of working in astronomical public outreach, including working at three public-access observatories at various times, and spending five years as an enrichment lecturer on cruise ships. Her qualification is a Master of Philosophy (MPhil) in Astronomy, attained at Macquarie University in 2008.

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Friday 15th March 2019 - 8:00pm
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Friday 12th April 2019 - 8:00pm
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Friday 17th May 2019 - 8:00pm
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Friday 14th June 2019 - 8:00pm
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Friday 12th July 2019 - 8:00pm
Topic: Hopefully, one of our members will be presenting a talk on the Apollo missions to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first manned Moon landing. Check back here for updates.
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Friday 9th August 2019 - 8:00pm
Topic: ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
Venue: Epping Creative Centre - 26 Stanley Road, Epping
Abstract: Presentation of Annual Reports, election of office bearers and committee members, lucky door prize

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Friday 6th September 2019 - 8:00pm
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Friday 11th October 2019 - 8:00pm
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Friday 8th November 2019 - 8:00pm
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