Mount Stromlo Observatory in conjunction with the Canberra Astronomical Society invite the Canberra community to attend our public observing nights of 2019. Come and see the rings of Saturn, the craters of the moon, and beautiful star clusters and nebulae. On the night attendees will be taken on a ‘tour of the universe’ with talks by astronomers from Mt. Stromlo Observatory and observations on several telescopes.
Bookings are essential and entry is by gold coin donation. Warm clothing is recommended.
In the event of cloudy/bad weather, stargazing will be cancelled (the talks will occur regardless of the weather). You can check out the weather at Mt Stromlo using our all sky camera. We will also post updates on our Facebook page.
Adam Rains is a PhD student at ANU's Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics, where he works to understand the properties of southern hemisphere stars and how they relate to any exoplanets they might host.
James Webb is a researcher with ANU's Advanced Instrumentation and Technology Centre (AITC) atop Mt. Stromlo, who started his interest in space at the age of 8 by wanting to be a truck driver. Demonstrating that career paths often only make sense in retrospect, he's spent the last 25 years applying physics and electronics engineering to solve (generally) funded problems in industry and academia. Along the way he founded a doomed technology company, worked in 6 failed start-ups, destroyed a kitchen sink at Questacon, and wrote FORTRAN for a minicomputer at the Lucas Heights nuclear research reactor. He has designed lasers, radar antennas, encryption systems, and software to find oil deposits, and created medical appliances. He loves the chance to try something new and share what he's learned with others.
Dr. Doris Grosse is a research scientist specialising in adaptive optics with the Advanced Instrumentation and Technology Centre (AITC) at the Australian National University (ANU) Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics. She is currently working on mitigating risks of space debris collisions by using ground based telescope systems with adaptive optics.
Ayan Acharyya is a PhD student at the ANU Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics. Ayan completed his integrated Bachelors-Masters course in Physics at the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur before moving to Canberra for his PhD. Ayan studies how much of the life supporting elements like Carbon, Oxygen and Nitrogen were present in the early universe.
2019 Dates: 12 April, 10 May, 7 June, 12 July, 16 August, 27 September.