It's Not Aliens!

Presented by Professor Matthew Colless - Australian National University

This is not a talk about aliens (the clue is in the title!). Rather, it is a talk about strange astronomical observations that some people suggested might be 'aliens' but in fact are most likely to be unusual – but entirely natural – physical phenomena. This talk also tries to explain why 'aliens' is almost never the right explanation for weird and wonderful phenomena, but why it is nevertheless still very interesting to search for extraterrestrial life.

Bio: Professor Matthew Colless is Director of the Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics (RSAA) at the Australian National University (ANU). He was for nine years previously the Director of the Australian Astronomical Observatory (AAO). He obtained his BSc at Sydney, his PhD at Cambridge, and has also held positions at Durham, Kitt Peak National Observatory and Cambridge. His research uses large redshift and peculiar velocity surveys of galaxies to understand their evolution and the large-scale structures they form, and to measure cosmological parameters. Prof. Colless is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, an ISI Citation Laureate, a former Vice-President of the International Astronomical Union, a member of the European Southern Observatory Council, and the Founders' Chair for the Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT) project, a billion-dollar next-generation 25-metre optical telescope.

Free – visitors welcome – booking not required

Note - Doors are locked at 8pm sharp!

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Wednesday 01 Aug 2018

8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Kerr Grant Theatre 2nd Floor, Physics Building, University of Adelaide, North Terrace, Adelaide



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