Location: Perth Observatory
Time: 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm (Gates open at 7:00 pm)
This winter, the Perth Observatory is holding a series of inspirational premium talks for the public. The talks of one-hour duration will be given by special guest speakers who will delve into astronomical subjects that will inspire you to look at the night sky with fresh eyes. In these cold and cloudy winter months make the most of the armchair astronomy and let us take you on a journey through the universe. A maximum capacity of 30 people ensures this will be an intimate setting to inspire your astronomical mind. Following the talk, you’ll be able to talk with the guest speaker and fellow attendees while sampling some of the great produce and wine from the local area.
The Observatory will be open from 7:00 pm so you’ll be able to browse our museum and see historical instruments, our meteorite exhibit, astrophotographs & artwork, and admire the beauty of the Atlas Coelestis, the first Star Atlas ever printed in 1729 from the work of John Flamsteed, the First Astronomer Royal at the Greenwich Observatory in Great Britain.
10th of June Speaker: Roger Groom
Beyond nightscapes: Exploring beyond our visible night sky with astrophotography
Delving deep into the cosmos, learn what hidden gems lie beyond the classic Milky Way wide field nightscapes photograph. There is more to the night sky and astrophotography than initially meets the eye. Roger will take you on a tour through time and space, inspiring you to train your eyes and perhaps even camera on new targets. While not technically focused, Roger’s presentation will include some tips for where you may wish to take your astrophotography if you are so inclined.
8th of July Speaker: Luke Davies
5th of August Speaker: TG Tan
Discovering exoplanets and the amazing worlds that lie beyond our solar system
TG Tan is our local Perth exoplanet hunter extraordinaire, having co-discovered 27 exoplanets from his backyard PEST (Perth Exoplanet Survey Telescope) observatory. From Perth, TG has been involved in some of the big exoplanet discoveries, most recently LHS 1140b (a super-Earth in the habitable zone). TG will give us an inspiring view of how backyard astronomy can contribute to world class research. We will hear about how exoplanets are discovered, the LHS 1140b system and the fascinating TRAPPIST-1 system. You will never look up at the night sky again having heard this, without wondering about the incredible possibilities of untold worlds waiting to be discovered.