UNSW Physics and Australian Astronomical Observatory present:
Speaker: Prof. Fred Watson
Discover the fascination of light - from rainbows to the edge of the universe!
2015 is the International Year of Light and Light Technologies, and there are few professions that utilise both light itself and the tools of optics more than astronomy. Indeed, the evolution of light technology has been largely driven by astronomy - certainly in its early history. Today, all of us use light technologies in our day-to-day lives, and hardly give a thought to the physical principles that underpin them. But astronomers are constantly faced with the challenges of gleaning information from the light of very distant objects, and often face problems due to the presence of light in the wrong place - light pollution. In this entertaining and fully-illustrated talk, Fred Watson explores the history of our understanding of light, and the looks at the ways we are using it to enhance our understanding of humankind’s place in space.
Refreshments served from 6.00pm.
Fred Watson is an astronomer and a popular science writer for outreach; and currently he is Head of Lighting and Environment for the Australian Astronomical Observatory. In 2010, Fred was awarded the Member of the Order of Australia for his services to astronomy, in particular for the promotion and popularisation of space science; and in 2013 he was awarded the UNSW Bragg Press Prize for Science writing.
Shane Hengst (Outreach Manager)