Movies and public lectures

Tales of stars and stellar systems - part 2

In the second and final part of this two-part video Dr Helmut Jerjen continues his 'Tales of stars and stellar systems' . The event is part of Mount Stromlo's Centenary Celebrations.   Astronomy has arguably had the single largest impact on the development of science, human society and culture over the past 10,000 years. On our journey through space and time we will explore the glorious life of our sun, learn how astrophysical knowledge acquired 100 years ago can help to solve the energy crisis...

Paul Davies - The eerie silence: are we alone in the Universe?

Professor Paul Davies gives this public lecture entitled: The eerie silence: Are we alone in the Universe? on Friday, 18 May 2012 at The Australian National University. Paul Davies is a theoretical physicist, cosmologist, astrobiologist and best-selling author. He is Regents' Professor at Arizona State University, where he directs the Beyond Center for Fundamental Concepts in Science -- a cosmic think tank that tackles the "big questions" of existence, from the origin of the universe to the...

Target: Jupiter

Catastrophic collisions have shaped the destiny of the Solar System, and perhaps humankind. In 1994, a series of massive explosions on Jupiter occurred after the remnants of a fractured comet plunged into that planet's atmosphere.    Dr Heidi B Hammel led the Hubble Space Telescope team that tracked these explosions. When an Australian amateur astronomer, Anthony Wesley, shocked the astronomical community with the discovery of a fresh impact site on Jupiter just 15 years later, Dr Hammel again...

Richard Dawkins and Lawrence Krauss: Something from Nothing

Critically-acclaimed author and evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins and world-renowned theoretical physicist and author Lawrence Krauss discuss biology, cosmology, religion, and a host of other topics at this event entitled 'Something for Nothing'. This video was recorded at The Australian National University on 10 April 2012. Richard Dawkins FRS is the Charles Simonyi Professor of the Public Understanding of Science at the University of Oxford. Born in British colonial Africa, he was...

The greatest unsolved mysteries of the universe - the fate of the universe

Dr Paul Francis sheds some light on some of life's big questions in this new web series - The Greatest Unsolved Mysteries of the Universe. In this second episode, he addresses the question of the ultimate fate of the Universe. Each episode explores a mystery in-depth, in an accessible and light-hearted way. Dr Francis will also be delving into some of the comments left on his previous video to answer some viewers' mysteries. If you have a universal mystery you'd like Paul to have a look at,...

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