This post is for those who skip to the last few pages of the book just to see what they are in for and make sure it is worth sticking to the end. Of course at AstroLight this year you won’t have even noticed the time go past and the ending is definitely worth waiting for! The last talk of the evening, held in the Scienceworks Amphitheatre, is the amazing cosmologist and astrophysicist, Dr Katie Mack from the University of Melbourne. Dr Mack is also affiliated with our major sponsor CAASTRO and other ARC Centre of Excellence, CoEPP.
In the Science world, Dr Mack is well known for her expertise in Dark Matter – that elusive particle(s) we cannot see and therefore know almost nothing about, yet makes up most of the Universe’s matter.
Her work includes trying to predict and model the properties and interactions these particles may have so we have a better chance of finding them directly. Dr Mack was instrumental in getting the Stawell dark matter laboratory happening. The laboratory is being set up in an old gold mine in rural Victoria and hoping to be the first to directly detect a dark matter particle.
You may also know Dr Mack as AstroKatie, where she regularly discusses her life as a scientist and her thoughts on science in general on Twitter (@) and Facebook, writes a column for Cosmos magazine and can be seen popping up all over Australia and the world talking to people about astrophysics and the wonders of the Universe. Just last week, she conversed with Harry Potter’s JK Rowling on Twitter and gave Prof Brian Cox an impromptu astrophysics lesson in person! Despite her busy research schedule, AstroKatie always has time to do outreach and believes it is very important to talk about her research to the general public.
At AstroLight, AstroKatie will be talking to you about Dark Matter and then opening the floor to you for a Q&A. So bring your most burning astronomy questions and get ready to be blown away by the answers.
Worth hanging around until the end? I think so. Have we saved the best to last? Maybe, but they are ALL sooo good!
See the official Scienceworks What’s On page for further details and ticket sales. Tickets are limited, so get in quick!