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Thursday, 16 November 2017 from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm (AEDT)

Arabian nights - glimmering like gold

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Ticket Type Sales End Price * Fee Quantity
Fred Watson Presents - ADULT 15/11/2017 $22.00 $0.00
Fred Watson Presents - CHILD 15/11/2017 $15.00 $0.00
Early Bird - Fred Watson Presents 15/11/2017 $15.00 $1.67
* Prices include GST

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Welcome to Fred Watson 'Presents ...' 

Join Fred Watson at the St Ives Wildflower Garden, in a beautiful bush setting. Catch up with friends, have a chat and a glass of wine and some nibbles, before the public talk.

What makes Arabian nights glimmer like gold?

From Islamic scholars to astronauts, people have found their way through the harsh and interesting environments of the Arabian Peninsular using ancient stories of the night sky. The ancient landscapes of Oman, sculpted by ferocious tectonic forces over millions of years have dictated the unique way people use constellations in the area. In this public talk by Dr Nathan Butterworth, you will see the breathtaking vistas of Oman's sky and earth, and learn how their connection to each other is a source of inspiration and knowledge.



About Nathan Butterworth
Part rock-licker part star-collector. Nathan received his Honours degree in Astrophysics from the University of Wollongong, where he measured the distances to stars in the heavens. He then turned his attention to the rocks beneath his feet and received a PhD from the University of Sydney by studying the way the Earth’s continents move over millions of years. He spent a few years finding copper deposits in South America before moving to Ayers Rock in the middle of the Australian Outback to watch the skies. Now Nathan has recently returned to Sydney Observatory, directly from Oman's Al Hajar mountain range where he has sourced all the freshest Middle Eastern rocks and stars.
About Fred Watson

FRED WATSON is an astronomer at the Australian Astronomical Observatory, where he is also Head of Lighting and Environment. Fred is best known for his radio and TV broadcasts, talks, and other outreach programs, which earned him the 2006 Australian Government Eureka Prize for Promoting Understanding of Science. He has also written a number of award-winning books, and was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2010. Fred has an asteroid named after him (5691 Fredwatson), but says that if it hits the Earth, it won’t be his fault. 

There are no restaurant or cafe facilities on site. We recommend Terrey Hills Tavern for dinner before or after the talk.


Q: Where is the talk held? 

A: It is taking place at the Bushland Education Centre - St Ives. (420 Mona Vale Road, St Ives, enter via Richmond Lane). When you enter the grounds turn right and you'll see the sandstone building. 


Q: What is the nearest rail station? 

A: Gordon. This is about a 10min drive from the centre. 


Q: If I cancel, can I get a refund? 

A: Yes, but you will need to give us 2 days notice.


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St Ives Wildflower Garden
420 Mona Vale Road
Enter via Richmond Lane
St Ives, NSW 2075

Thursday, 16 November 2017 from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm (AEDT)

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