[ASC-media] Public Lecture: The Hubble Space Telescope

Pete Wheeler pete.wheeler at uwa.edu.au
Thu Oct 13 07:25:25 CEST 2011


Greetings All,
next week we have a lecture happening at UWA all about the Hubble Space telescope and presented by someone who was involved with this amazing project.

Title:   The Hubble Space Telescope
Speaker: Professor Gerhardt Meurer
Date:   Wednesday, 19 October 2011 at 6pm
Venue:   Social Sciences Lecture Theatre, UWA
Parking:   The nearest car park is P3 off Hackett Entrance 1.

The lecture is free and open to the public, no RSVP required. This event is co-sponsored by the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR) and the Institute of Advanced Studies at UWA.

Description:
It’s been nearly two decades since the Hubble Space Telescope began giving us its awe inspiring view of the cosmos. The images it has sent back to Earth have revolutionised astrophysics and inspired people all over the globe, both in terms of scientific understanding and pure artistic beauty. In this special talk Professor Meurer will present and describe some of the most spectacular images produced by Hubble, the scientific and cultural impact they possess and the people that made such an amazing project possible. Finally Professor Meurer will discuss Australia’s role in the future of astrophysics with the Square Kilometre Array radio telescope and its Pathfinder, ASKAP which is set to reveal portions of galaxies that can not be detected by any of the space telescopes.

About Professor Meurer:
Before joining ICRAR, Professor Meurer researched galaxy evolution at The Johns Hopkins University in the United States, where he was involved in developing and testing instrumentation for the Hubble Space Telescope, as well as analysing the scientific data from it.

Professor Meurer joined ICRAR in January 2010 to take part in science surveys with the revolutionary Australia Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP) radio telescope (currently under construction in Western Auatralia). When complete in 2013, ASKAP will make the most complete census of hydrogen gas contained in hundreds of thousands of galaxies located in the nearby universe, and a deeper survey of this gas in more distant galaxies. Stars are form out of cloud of gas and dust, so these surveys will map where the right conditions exist for galaxies to create new stars, and thus evolve. Professor Meurer will use telescopes on the ground and in space to measure the rate of evolution in these galaxies.

For a flyer to put up in the staff room or pass along to others (go on, you know you want to) see here http://www.ias.uwa.edu.au/lectures/?a=1821426

Regards
Pete

Pete Wheeler
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