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Ordinary Meeting - "The Dynamic Universe"

Friday 30 November 2012 - 8:00pm

Topic: The Dynamic Universe

Speaker: Keith Bannister

Abstract: Our Dynamic Universe in the era of data intensive astronomy. Outline: Our universe is an ever changing and always exciting subject of study. At the start of the 20th century a survey of the southern sky was an enormous undertaking that consumed large resources and could easily last longer than an astronomers lifetime. Now, in the first part of the 21st century we have telescopes and computers that can reproduce the same surveys unsupervised, in a matter of days or weeks. With the increased rate at which we can collect high quality information about the universe we are now able to explore the universe in time as well as space. Repeated surveys of the sky allow us to watch the universe change and evolve, from the brief and super bright explosions that can be seen across the universe, to the slow twinkling of nearby stars and pulsars. In this talk I will take you on a tour of the many strange and interesting phenomena that our dynamic universe has to offer.

Biography: Keith studied Electrical Engineering at UNSW, graduating in 2002, and worked at EADS Astrium in the UK until 2007. He then did a PhD in astronomy in 2007-2011 and is now a Bolton Fellow at CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science.

Event Date: 
Friday, 30 November, 2012 - 20:00
Epping Creative Centre, 26 Stanley Road, Epping NSW

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