General Meeting: Speaker: Luke Barnes
On the 3rd Tuesday of the month (February to November) at 7:30pm, we meet on zoom or at Regis Hall in the grounds of St Ignatius’ College, Riverview Street, Riverview (Lane Cove) which features a presentation from a Guest Lecturer. These presentations generally focus on the theoretical aspects of Cosmology, Astrophysics and Astrophotography and can include some of the most up-to-date research and scientific findings. We are fortunate to be able to obtain speakers from Australia’s top universities and scientific community – our past Guest Lecturers have included the likes of Dr Fred Watson and Nobel Prize winner Prof. Brian Schmidt. Our speaker this month is Dr Luke Barnes from Western Sydney University, who will speak on “Order, Chaos, and the Beginning of Time”. "We see order and complexity in the universe around us: planets, nebulae, stars, galaxies and more. Cosmology and astrophysics has pieced together the process by which this structure formed from simple beginnings, under the action of the laws of nature. But the infamous "second law of thermodynamics" says that the universe is winding down, moving from order to chaos. How do these ideas fit together? And what does this tell us about our universe, and our place in it?"
The format of the evening consists of a welcome to Members and Visitors, a quick discussion on general business of NSAS, the presentation from our Guest Speaker and then members usually stay and have a chat with a cup of tea or coffee.
These meetings are an excellent opportunity to get to know fellow members.
This is a night for beginners to come along and learn how to set up a telescope. You must adhere to the medical rules wrt COVID-19 please do not be offended if we ask you for your certificate. (Please see our COVID-19 Policy for more information) ...