Astronomy Open Night
5 April 2014
6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Macquarie University astronomers and physicists invite you to Astronomy Open Night. At this entertaining and informative public event you can view the night sky through telescopes, hear talks, see displays by astronomical institutions and amateur societies, and participate in fun activities for children of all ages.
Measuring the Universe – the story of Hipparcos and Gaia
Helen Johnston, senior lecturer in the School of Physics at the University of Sydney will describe Hipparcos, the first space mission dedicated to measuring the distances to stars. Its successor, Gaia was launched in December 2013, and during its five-year mission it will measure the positions and distances to a billion stars. Helen obtained her PhD at Caltech, spent four years at the University of Utrecht, and held a position at the Anglo-Australian Observatory. Her research interests are the study of neutron stars and black holes in binary systems and centres of galaxies.
Cost: $15 Adults, $5 Child, $35 Family (2 adults, 2 children)
Although tickets will be available at the door, we strongly encourage people to purchase in advance (you will avoid the queue!). However, if you purchase your ticket online, you MUST bring your ticket with you on the night to gain entry. STRICTLY: No printed ticket, no entry!
Parking: Free parking from 6.00pm only in E1, C2 and C3 carparks off University
Avenue (excludes disabled and special permit parking bays).
See campus map for location