General Meeting: July 2021

General Meeting Agenda: (in-person TICKETED event)

  • Darkness Visible Down Under -- Prof. Alan Duffy, Swinburne University of Technology
  • The Sky this Month -- Joe Grida
  • ASSA Astrophotography Competitions 2021 -- Preview Images
  • Announcements for July 2021
  • Coffee/Tea, Supper & Conversation

Attend In-Person: A LIMITED number of theatre seat tickets are available for this meeting. Tickets are FREE and must be obtained from Eventbrite to gain entry to this event. The Braggs LT entrance is at E10 on the map (the entrance faces the Barr Smith Lawns).

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Darkness Visible Down Under

by Prof. Alan Duffy, Lead Scientist, Royal Institution of Australia; Director, Space Technology and Industry Institute; Astronomer, Swinburne University of Technology

Summary: Prof. Alan Duffy will explain how Australia is playing a leading role in uncovering the mysterious nature of dark matter in the Universe.

Abstract: Decades of research have led astronomers to a staggering conclusion, that there exists a new, invisible type of mass that outweighs everything we can see five times over. I will explain how we know so much about the properties of a particle we have yet to discover, and how Australia is playing a leading role in uncovering the nature of this mysterious dark matter with SABRE, the world’s first dark matter detector in the Southern Hemisphere in the Stawell gold mine.

Bio: Astronomer Professor Duffy simulates model universes on supercomputers to understand how galaxies like our Milky Way form within vast clouds of dark matter. He is trying to find this dark matter as the Swinburne Node Leader in the new national ARC Centre of Excellence for Dark Matter Particle Physics and a Chief Investigator of SABRE, the world’s first dark matter detector in the Southern Hemisphere, to be deployed at the Stawell Underground Physics Laboratory. When not simulating universes he tries to explain the science of this one to the general public in regular segments on ABC and Ten’s The Project as the Lead Scientist of the Royal Institution of Australia. Most recently has been appointed the inaugural Director of the Space Technology and Industry Institute at Swinburne, finding ways to use space to help companies and communities here on Earth.

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Wednesday 07 Jul 2021

8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

The Braggs Lecture Theatre (University of Adelaide) and Online

 

 

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