The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Astrophotography on the Internet

Presented by Perry Vlahos, Astronomical Society of Victoria

The internet is absolutely teaming with astronomical imagers showing their wares; but what’s good, what’s bad and what’s absolutely uglier than a cat’s kitty litter in the morning? In this light hearted and fully illustrated talk, Perry will show the best of astronomical imaging found on the net and social media, and also point out what to look for in order to identify the fakes. Don't be fooled by Photoshop, insist on seeing the raw data!

Bio: Astronomy educator, author and broadcaster, Perry Vlahos is Vice President of the Astronomical Society of Victoria, Inc. (ASV), its press and media liaison, and Curator of Current Phenomena. He is also the inaugural President of Mt Burnett Observatory in the Dandenong Ranges. He has been a member of the Astronomical Society of Victoria (ASV) since 1987 – the largest such body in the southern hemisphere with nearly 1500 members. He was elected President for the first time in 1996. He has since been elected for three more separate terms, totalling 12 years in the position since then.

Perry was one of a small team of authors that produced the secondary school series 'Science Edge' for international publishing house Nelson Learning. He has written for many magazines and major dailies such the Herald-Sun, The Age, Sydney Morning Herald and The Brisbane Times. For nearly 10 years he wrote the popular weekly astronomy column for The Age beginning in 2009. His current gig with Royal Auto Magazine has the largest circulation of any astronomy column in Australia, reaching over 1.2 million readers.

For a number of years, he made weekly appearances on the ABC774 evening radio show with presenter Derek Guille, and is still considered by many as the ABC Astronomer in Residence. Morning presenter Jon Faine has gone so far as to call Perry a 'National Treasure'! He has appeared on every major radio station in Melbourne on multiple occasions, both AM and also FM, and many stations interstate. Likewise he has been interviewed on all television stations and the George Negus Tonight program featured a lengthy profile on Perry, his astronomical life and accomplishments. He was one half of the sold out "Star Show" presentation combining astronomy and music at Deakin Edge theatre, Federation Square in June 2019, and is the 'Astronomer in Residence' at the Meredith Golden Plains Music Festival every year. 

Free – visitors welcome – booking not required

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

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Wednesday 04 Mar 2020

8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

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



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