The NSAS General Meeting for February will be on Tuesday the 19th February at 7:30 PM at Regis Hall, Regis Campus, St Ignatius College, Lane Cove.

Our speaker this month is Dr David Farrant. He is a Principal Research Scientist at CSIRO, leading the Optical Systems team. His work encompasses the development of optical measurement systems for industry and science. His team was awarded the SPIE Technology Achievement award in recognition of advancements in the field of optics.

We will keep the new meeting format. Just a short meeting starting at 7:30 to discuss NSAS matters, then straight into our guest speaker’s presentation. This will be followed by tea and coffee where you can socialise (and talk astronomy) with our guest speaker and other members.

As usual, visitors are most welcome!

David Wallace

The year 2015 marked a major milestone in physics, with the discovery of gravitational waves, 100 years after the prediction by Einstein’s general relativity. This achievement was recognised shortly thereafter with the 2017 Nobel Prize. CSIRO has played a major part in the development of the LIGO gravitational wave detectors for over 20 years. This talk presents CSIRO’s contributions to LIGO as well as other recent work in the field of space and optical astronomy.