In an earlier post we talked about the Astronomical Society of Victoria (ASV) and how they have been involved with the festival both last year and this year, bringing all of their fantastic optical telescopes along to set up in the oval just so you can see the planets, stars, and some many more wonders of the night sky.
One of the other types of astronomy they do at the ASV is Radio Astronomy. Radio astronomy plays a very large part in Astrophysics and Australia is a leader in radio astronomy research, including facilities such as Parkes radio telescope, the MWA and the future SKA. In addition to all of their other telescopes, the ASV will also be setting up a radio telescope in the Ground Floor foyer to demonstrate capturing radio waves and show you how you can do radio astronomy too.
Some more from the Radio Astronomy group at the ASV:
The Radio Astronomy Section of the Astronomical Society of Victoria today has an Observatory located in central Victoria. Connected via Satellite we observe solar flares, cyclotron emission from Jupiter, the galactic centre, Hydrogen Line to Seismic activity. Over the next 2 years sees the commissioning of an 8.5 meter Dish Antenna enabling many more exciting studies of the Radio Sky. The Radio Astronomy Section is progressive and is supported by the Astronomical Society of Victoria.
See the official Scienceworks What’s On page for further details and ticket sales. Tickets are limited, so get in quick!