[ASC-media] Prof. Fred Watson presents 'Pluto and the Uber-Nerds' at Astrofest this Saturday
pete.wheeler at icrar.org
Mon Nov 23 04:07:19 CET 2009
Just a reminder that Astrofest, the biggest IYA event this side of the
Milky Way galaxy, is happening this Saturday from 2pm to 10pm at
Curtin Stadium in Bentley. With a host of cosmic craziness and
something for everyone this is an event not to be missed! For more
Astrofest info visit www.astronomywa.net.au and follow the links.
As part of Astrofest at 6:30pm we'll be announcing the winners of the
Astrofest Art, Model and Astrophotography competitions before we
invite our special guest speaker Professor Fred Watson from the Anglo-
Australian Observatory in NSW to present an entertaining talk called
'Pluto and the Uber-Nerds'.
Professor Fred Watson is astronomer in charge of the Anglo-Australian
Observatory at Coonabarabran and is a regular broadcaster on ABC
radio, where he has his own weekly program with a large following. In
2003, Fred received the David Allen Prize for communicating astronomy
to the public, and in 2006 was the winner of the Australian Government
Eureka Prize for Promoting Understanding of Science. Fred has an
asteroid named after him but says that if it hits the Earth it won't
be his fault . . .
When is a planet not a planet? When it's a dwarf-planet, perhaps?
So what's the difference? In 2006, astronomy's governing body, the
International Astronomical Union, wrestled with this very question
at their General Assembly in Prague. Before we knew it, media all
around the world had declared that Pluto had been 'dumped' from
its status as the ninth planet, hinting that it had been unfairly
thrown out of the Solar System. And in 2008 things got worse, with
Pluto joining the lowly ranks of a new class of objects with the
unflattering name of Plutoids. In this entertaining and fully
illustrated journey through Pluto's eventful history, Fred Watson
debates whether pragmatism and good science should prevail over
sentiment and tradition.
Please promote this special talk and the entire Astrofest event to
your networks and join us to celebrate a fantastic International year
of Astronomy in WA.
Title: Pluto and the Uber-Nerds
When: Saturday 28 November, 2009
Where: Curtin Stadium, next to Edinburgh Oval, Kent St, Bentley
Time: 6.30pm - 7.30pm
Cost: Free Public Event
Outreach and Education Manager
International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research
Phone: 6488 7758
Fax: 6488 7755
Email: pete.wheeler at icrar.org
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