Rapidly Rotating Neutron Stars and the Tower of London

Presented by John Hisco, Astronomical Society of South Australia

Just 13 days after the publication of the discovery of rapidly rotating neutron stars, the first observations of these so called "pulsars" were made at the Parkes Radio Telescope "dish" on March 8, 1968. Parkes has since then become the world’s most successful pulsar searching machine. John will recount some of his time here, while looking at what we observe and have learnt when we look at these fascinating stars. While you may see the odd crow flying around the dish, you will always see them in the Tower of London. Apart for these birds, come along and find out what these two structures have in common.

Bio: John Hisco has been a member of ASSA since 1976 and is a past president of the society and was a Councillor for 10 years.  He is one of the founding  coordinators of the South Australian Space School which has delivered space education to year 10 and year 11 students for over 20 years.  John taught physics and other sciences in schools since the 1980's which included secondment on two occasions to the Parkes Radio Telescope where he worked with the Millisecond Pulsar Teams. John currently works in the Department for Education and Child Development and is part of the Work Health and Safety team as a Principal Safety Consultant.

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Wednesday 07 Feb 2018

8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

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



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