This year we want to make sure the future scientists get to hear about the amazing science that is happening in our country and right here in Victoria, so we have a special stage for child-friendly talks. But don’t worry, these talks will be discussing the latest in cutting-edge science, and everyone is invited. The talks will go for 15mins, plenty of time to get inspired and decide to hang around for more. Light and Astronomy will of course be the themes of the night, so make sure you and your little scientists check out the Science Stage at AstroLight. After all, we are very keen to meet the next generation that will forge great advances in Science!
One of the talks in the Science Stage will be given by Dr Ben McKinley. Dr Ben works at the University of Melbourne and is a member of our major sponsor, CAASTRO. He works with a telescope called the Murchison Wide-field Array (MWA) which will be on display on the oval during the event. Dr Ben will be demonstrating an MWA tile alongside CAASTRO student, Jack Line, so be sure to check it out too!
Here is more about the talk from Dr Ben:
Exploring the Universe with Metal Spiders in the Desert (or Astronomy with the MWA telescope)
Surely those metal spiders on display out there can’t be a telescope?! But they are indeed! Well, they are one part of the Murchison Widefield Array (MWA) telescope, which is being used by astronomers to map out the Universe as it appears at radio wavelengths. The real telescope is out in the West Australian desert, far from the interference caused by TV and radio signals. Come and hear about how we are using the MWA to learn new things about our own atmosphere, the Milky Way galaxy and the wide expanses of the Universe beyond!
I study the evolution of the early universe, during the time when the first stars and galaxies were lighting up the space around them. I use the MWA telescope to measure the radio emission from neutral hydrogen gas in the distant past. Sounds a bit dull, but you would be surprised how much we can learn about the Universe from just looking at Hydrogen! I am also interested in radio galaxies and the Moon!
See the official Scienceworks What’s On page for further details and ticket sales. Tickets are limited, so get in quick!