The big day is tomorrow and one of our biggest draw-cards is weather dependant. Today Victoria is likely to get the entire month’s rainfall in one day, so the pitch tomorrow is likely to be a little soggy. Good news is (if you read the right weather app and take a positive attitude) only half the sky will be cloudy tomorrow night and there is very little chance of rain. This will mean the MBO and ASV telescopes will be out all over the Scienceworks Arena and the Moon will hopefully make an appearance through the clouds at the very least. If cloud does persist, please still go and say Hi to the telescope operators. Ask them about their telescopes, they may give you an up-close look at some nearby landmarks and if you are really lucky, they may also find a break in the clouds. But I am remaining optimistic and am sure the weather will behave enough for you to see something!
Also on the Arena, astronomy columnist and ASV/MBO member, Perry Vlahos will be pointing out the constellations and objects in the sky. Look out for the green laser pointer.
Observing the Universe with Spiders in the Desert
We will be setting up an antenna array (tile) from the Murchison Widefield Array telescope and demonstrating how the telescope is used to look into the far reaches of space (and how it is obstructed by nearby TV signals!)
CAASTRO is an ARC-funded Centre of Excellence, and the MWA telescope is a joint venture between many Australian and international institutions. We aim to make big discoveries about the Universe!
Of course great news yesterday as the Australian Research Council announced the funding for the second instalment of CAASTRO, CAASTRO-3D, so it will be fantastic to see all of this astronomy continue. But they also announced a new Centre of Excellence for Gravitational Waves, OzGRav, with the centre being based here in Melbourne at Swinburne University of Technology. We are expecting a LOT more astrophysics coming out of Melbourne and Australia in the coming years.
If you want to keep an eye on the weather check out BOM. Just remember there are so many other things to do, you certainly won’t be bored, even if the weather gods aren’t in our favour tomorrow.
Check the Program page for the full schedule.
See the official Scienceworks What’s On page for further details and ticket sales. Tickets are limited, so get in quick!