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Extreme Events - Exploring the Transient Universe: A/Professor Tara Murphy

Australian Astronomical Observatory ** Allison-Levick Memorial Lecture **

Monday, October 30, 2017 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (AEDT)

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Extreme Events - Exploring the Transient Universe

Transient astronomical objects (those that appear and disappear rapidly) signal some of the most extreme events in the Universe: events such as stars dying, the moment a black hole forms, or the collision of two neutron stars. Detecting these rare events pushes our telescopes and analysis techniques to the limit, but the reward is insights into extreme physics that can’t be obtained in any other way. In this illustrated talk, A/Prof Tara Murphy will discuss how new telescopes are allowing us to see the sky in new ways and how the way we do science is changing in the era of big data.

Doors open 6pm for 6.30pm start 

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About your speaker:

Tara Murphy is an astrophysicist working at the University of Sydney and an ARC  Future Fellow. Her research focuses on detecting and studying transient and highly variable astrophysical phenomena with next-generation radio telescopes.  In particular, she is interested in developing and applying novel computer science techniques to data-intensive research. She leads an international team of researchers searching for variable and transient sources with the Murchison Widefield Array and the Australian SKA Pathfinder telescopes in Western Australia.

Tara is also passionate about teaching and high school outreach. In 2014 Tara co-founded a start-up company, Grok Learning, to get high school students around the world excited about computational thinking. She has recently launched a MOOC on Data-driven Astronomy on Coursera.

 


Allison Levick Memorial Lecture

The Allison-Levick Memorial Lecture is funded by a bequest from Mr Jack Allison-Levick, a Melbourne psychiatrist with a life-long interest in astronomy. Mr Allison-Levick had seen photographs taken with the AAO's telescopes by astrophotographer David Malin, and was moved to leave money in his will for talks that would enhance the public understanding of astronomy and further the reputation of the Observatory.


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Sydney University
Messel Lecture Theatre, Sydney Nanoscience Hub
Physics Road
Camperdown, NSW 2006
Australia

Monday, October 30, 2017 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (AEDT)


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Australian Astronomical Observatory ** Allison-Levick Memorial Lecture **

The Australian Astronomical Observatory is a division of the Department of Industry. We operate the Anglo-Australian and UK Schmidt telescopes on behalf of the astronomical community of Australia. To this end the Observatory is part of and is funded by the Australian Government. Its function is to provide world-class observing facilities for Australian optical astronomers.

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