FREE Swinburne Public Talk: Astronomy from the Antarctic Plateau

FREE Public Talk at Swinburne Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing
Astronomy from the Antarctic Plateau

Presenter: Prof Jeremy Mould 
Date: Friday 20 July 2012 
Venue: Swinburne University, Hawthorn Campus, ATC building, ATC101 
Time: 6.20pm for a 6.30pm start
Cost: FREE, register on-line

Dome A may be the best site for astronomical telescopes on Earth. In the Mawson centennial year we should note that Australians have been pioneers in collecting these site test data. We now have an opportunity to join a Chinese project to build a 2.5 metre telescope at Dome A. This would be the most powerful infrared survey telescope anywhere. A 2 micron survey of the southern hemisphere would find targets for spectroscopy with NASA's successor to the Hubble Space Telescope, JWST. We would detect the first generation of stars to form in the Universe after the Big Bang and see the powerful supernovae that produce the first black holes.

The audio recording from previous lecture can be accessed via the Swinburne website.