Source: NASA, ESA, M. Livio and STScI
Get ready to hobnob with some of the biggest names in the galaxy – including Jupiter, Saturn and Venus – as part of the Melbourne Planetarium’s after dark lecture series Discover the Night Sky every Thursday night in August.
Scienceworks’ resident astronomer Dr Tanya Hill will be hosting her popular series of evening astronomy classes throughout the month, giving revellers the chance to gain an in-depth understanding of the most famous names in the Universe.
“Evening revellers will get the chance to learn about their favourite planet, dwarf planet, star or astronomical constellation; even a few celestial heavyweights you may never have heard of,” said Dr Hill.
“Discover the Night Sky programs are always a highlight of the year for any astronomy buff out there and we always like to add something new to the lecture series.
“This year we’re going to take the time to step outside our own solar system and meet some of the exoplanets that make up planetary systems beyond our Sun. Is there life on any of those planets? There could be, and what’s more, we might be close to finding out.”
Discover the Night Sky combines an immersive planetarium experience with a relaxed social atmosphere complete with a glass of wine and cheese. If weather permits, the evening ends with stargazing through telescopes on the Scienceworks arena. The lecture series covers the following topics:
- 2nd Aug - Backyard Astronomy: It’s not just stars you can see in the night sky - planets, comets, shooting stars and satellites are all there if you know when and where to look. Navigate by the stars and discover how you can become a backyard astronomer.
- 9th Aug - Travel the Universe: Take a tour of the Universe that extends into the far reaches of space. Experience for yourself the sheer size of our Universe.
- 16th Aug - The Solar System: Take a step through the Earth's local neighbourhood – our Solar System. It is a system of planets, dwarf planets, moons, asteroids and comets, bound by the pull of the Sun. Marvel at the beauty of each unique world and the stories they tell.
- 23rd Aug – Exoplanets: Twenty years ago the first planets were discovered beyond our Solar System. Now hundreds of stars are known to have their own planetary systems. Explore what we know about these distant worlds.
- 30th Aug - Dark Energy: Only a tiny fraction, just four per cent, of the Universe is made of the stuff we know – the atoms that make us and everything around us. The rest we call dark matter and dark energy – what are they and why must they exist?
“We don’t know what makes up 96 per cent of the Universe, but that’s where the fun begins,” said Dr Hill.
“Given that we live on a tiny speck in space, it’s pretty amazing that we’re still able to learn so much about the Universe around us.”
Discover the Night Sky - Melbourne Planetarium at Scienceworks, 2 Booker St, Spotswood
Session times: Commence 7.30pm.
Cost: $28 per person, MV members $23, Season pass $120.
Bookings essential: Call 03 9392 4819 Monday to Friday 9.00am – 4.30pm
For more information visit http://museumvictoria.com.au/planetarium/
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