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Price: $15 for Adults and $10 for Child/Concession
Location: Perth Observatory
Date: Fri, 10th Mar 2017
Time: 8:00pm (Gates open at: 6:30pm)

This year, we've moved the 2017 Summer Lecture to the 10th of March so we can celebrate the 40th anniversary of the co-discovery of Uranus’s Rings by Perth Observatory. This year’s lecture speaker will be Astronomer Peter Birch who was an astronomer at Perth Observatory from 1971 until 2005. While at the Observatory, Peter was involved in planetary observing using the 61cm Lowell Telescope and was an observer on the night of the discovery.

Peter will give you insight into the events leading up to one of Perth Observatory’s most important discovery. In the 1970’s, Perth Observatory was very different to how we see it today, before computers and the internet made everyday tasks such as communication and information sharing so easy.

Find out how the Observatory came to acquire the “modern” equipment needed to help co-discover Uranus’s rings and how the staff were able to deliver results and make WA an important astronomy outpost. The discovery of the rings around Uranus changed the thinking of planetary formation astronomy in that era.

There will a coffee and pizza van (If there's no total fire ban in place) on the night and you can contact us by the 8th of March to organise your Hainault Winery hamper.

Please Note: The summer lecture will still go ahead rain, hail or alien invasion. If on the day there is a good chance of rain then the summer lecture will be moved to Lesmurdie High School (View Map) and you'll be informed via email and/or phone call.