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Cassini's Last Hurrah

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Wednesday, 13 September 2017 from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm (AEST)

Cassini's Last Hurrah

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Ticket Type Sales End Price * Fee Quantity
Fred Watson Presents - ADULT 12/09/2017 $22.00 $0.00
Fred Watson Presents - CHILD 12/09/2017 $15.00 $0.00
Early Bird - Fred Watson Presents 12/09/2017 $15.00 $1.67
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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.

Cassini' Last Hurrah

If there was ever a space project that totally exceeded the expectations of the scientific world, it has been the Cassini mission to Saturn. Launched in 1997, Cassini reached its target after a seven-year journey, and immediately began re-writing the textbooks. Now, 13 years later, we have a remarkable catalogue of amazing discoveries. Storms and a hexagonal jet-stream in the planet's atmosphere, ripples and spokes in its rings, global oceans and oily seas on its moons – and they are just the start. But the best may be yet to come. With the spacecraft's fuel running out, mission controllers have thrown caution to the winds in an audacious series of orbits that thread Cassini between the rings and the planet before a final plunge into Saturn's atmosphere on 15 September. Celebrate this triumphant mission with Fred Watson, as he presents an entertaining update on all things Cassini.

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.


Have questions about Cassini's Last Hurrah? Contact Fred Watson Events

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

Wednesday, 13 September 2017 from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm (AEST)

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