Moon Mysteries - A celebration of our nearest celestial neighbour

Presented by Professor Fred Watson, Australian Astronomical Observatory

No celestial object is more assured of a place in the hearts of humans than the Moon, but the sentiment ought to extend beyond mere romantic fervour. Undying gratitude is perhaps more appropriate, since it's entirely possible that without the Moon, intelligent life might never have evolved on our planet. This is just one of the intriguing insights that current scientific research has uncovered. In this entertaining and fully-illustrated talk, Fred Watson explores the history of our understanding of the Moon from the earliest times through to the space age, and highlights some of the questions that today's investigations into our natural satellite are addressing.

Bio: Fred Watson comes from a long line of Fred’s, but was the first in his family to become a scientist. He has been an astronomer at the Australian Astronomical Observatory since 1995, and is best known for his radio and TV broadcasts, talks, and other outreach programs, which earned him the 2006 Eureka Prize for Promoting Understanding of Science. He has written a number of popular astronomy books, and has both a science-themed CD and an award-winning symphony libretto to his name. Fred was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2010. He has an asteroid named after him (5691 Fredwatson), but says that if it hits the Earth, it won't be his fault.

Free – visitors welcome – booking not required

Please note – university security locks entrance doors at 8pm sharp

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Wednesday 06 Dec 2017

8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

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

 

 

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