Public lecture featuring Professor Phillip Diamond (CSIRO Astronomy & Space Science)

Thursday 9 Jun 2011
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Scienceworks and Melbourne Planetarium

2 Booker Street Spotswood, Victoria

The SKA will be the largest and most advanced radio telescope ever constructed.
It will address fundamental unanswered questions about our Universe including how the first stars and galaxies formed after the Big Bang, how galaxies have evolved since then, the role of magnetism in the cosmos, the nature of gravity and the search for life beyond Earth. Each minute it will collect enough data to fill a million CDs.

67 organisations in 20 countries, together with industry partners, are participating in the scientific and technical design of the SKA telescope which will be located in either Australia and New Zealand or Southern Africa extending to the Indian Ocean Islands. Construction is scheduled to start in 2016.

The Chief of CSIRO’s Astronomy and Space Science Division, Prof. Phil Diamond, will describe Australia’s chance to build this international telescope in our own backyard and the many mysteries of the Universe it hopes to answer.

The evening will conclude with a Planetarium presentation by the Planetarium’s astronomer, Dr Tanya Hill and stargazing (weather permitting). Refreshments will be available.

Adults $15, Concession and MV Members $12.50.

Bookings essential due to limited capacity. Phone 9392 4800

This event is part of the Discover SKA campaign, coordinated in Australia by Questacon on behalf of the Department of Innovation, Industry Science & Research, with assistance from CSIRO, ICRAR, Scitech and the WA Department of Commerce.