NSAS General Meeting for March; special speaker

9 03 2017

The NSAS General Meeting for March will be on Tuesday the 21st at 7:30 PM at Regis Hall, Regis Campus, St Ignatius College, Lane Cove.

Fred Watson is our special treat as speaker this month.  Many of you will have seen him on TV or in person, and know that he never disappoints.  His subject for us is:

Build an Observatory! A nineteenth century global imperative.

Why do so many of the world’s great cities house ageing astronomical institutions within their limits? From Marseilles to Melbourne, from Paris to Pulkovo, the unmistakable architecture of a nineteenth century observatory is easily discovered by visitors. In this talk, Fred Watson explores the reasons for this ubiquitous astronomical presence while taking a tour of some of the leading representatives. He also reveals some of the more outlandish examples of the genre, and the extraordinary characters who built them.

FRED WATSON comes from a long line of Freds, but was the first in his family to become a scientist. He has been an astronomer at the Australian Astronomical Observatory since 1995, and is best known for his radio and TV broadcasts, talks, and other outreach programs, which earned him the 2006 Eureka Prize for Promoting Understanding of Science. He has written a number of popular astronomy books, and has both a science-themed CD and an award-winning symphony libretto to his name. Fred was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2010. He has an asteroid named after him (5691 Fredwatson), but says that if it hits the Earth, it won’t be his fault.

As usual, guests are most welcome!



One response

13 03 2017

Hi Bob
Could you add about 7 minutes to show a few photos from Observing night on December 3rd 2016 and a YouTube video about “Black Holes Comparison” from my website.

My website: