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Ordinary Meeting: '100 Years of Astronomy and the tale of 2 Observatories!'

Friday 21st June 2013 - 8:00pm

Topic: 100 Years of Astronomy and the tale of 2 Observatories!
Speaker:   Donna Burton ANU/ASNSW
Venue: Epping Creative Centre - 26 Stanley Road, Epping
Abstract: 100 Years of Astronomy and the tale of 2 Observatories! or How SSO came to be. A look at the history of Mount Stromlo and Siding Spring Observatories as we celebrate Centenary of MT Stromlo and approach the 50th Anniversary of SSO. I will also look at the impact of both the 2003 Stromlo and 2013 SSO Bushfires and the recovery process.  
Biography: Donna has always been in love with the sky and have been a passionate amateur astronomer for many years. Currently a post-graduate student at the University of Southern Queensland, Donna works at Siding Spring Observatory as an Operations Support Officer for the Australian National University (ANU), where she is involved in outreach, telescope system support and training observers how to use the 2.3m telescope. As well as working in one of the world's most respected observatories, Donna is also a flying instructor and the Australian National Co-Ordinator for the international group "Astronomers Without Borders". She has worked at the UK Schmidt Telescope as an observer and on the Siding Spring Near Earth Object Survey and became the first Australian woman to discover a comet in 2006 and another in 2007.

Event Date: 
Friday, 21 June, 2013 - 20:00
Location: 
Epping Creative Centre, 26 Stanley Road, Epping NSW

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