02 March 2012

Searching the sky for answers: lecture

For centuries, astronomers have built increasingly powerful telescopes designed to look at small parts of the sky.

But there are fundamental questions about the cosmos that can't be answered through this approach.

Join award-winning astronomer Professor Bryan Gaensler at a free public lecture on Monday, 5 March, and find out how Australian researchers are working to crack the big questions in astronomy, by looking at the whole sky at once.

Professor Gaensler will explore the impact of looking at the sky differently in his talk "Searching the sky for answers", part of RMIT University's Transforming the Future lecture series.

A passionate science communicator who is internationally recognised for his groundbreaking work on interstellar magnets and cosmic explosions, Professor Gaensler is the author of Extreme Cosmos (NewSouth Publishing, 2011).

He is Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for All-sky Astrophysics (CAASTRO) and an Australian Laureate Fellow in the Sydney Institute for Astronomy within the School of Physics at The University of Sydney.

RMIT's Transforming the Future lecture series brings together world-class experts from academia and industry to explore emerging global and local challenges.

What: "Searching the sky for answers"
RMIT Transforming the Future lecture
When: 6pm - 7.30pm, Monday, 5 March
Where: RMIT University, Storey Hall, 336 Swanston Street, Melbourne
Cost: Free (Registration essential)

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