The Light Fantastic
When?Start time: Wednesday 8:00pm (04 July)
End time: Wednesday 10:00pm (04 July)
Dr Tanya Hill
Abstract: So much of what we know about the universe has travelled to us on a beam of light. We can’t travel to a star and pull one apart to see how it works. Instead, astronomers use light and the stories it tells to piece together our understanding of the universe.
Bio: Dr Tanya Hill is the Senior Curator of Astronomy at Museums Victoria and Manager of the Melbourne Planetarium. She joined Museums Victoria in 1999 and was part of the team that opened the Melbourne Planetarium at Scienceworks. Tanya obtained her PhD from University of Sydney in 2002, where she studied active galaxies. Moreover, her research involved hunting out supermassive black holes using a variety of Australian telescopes. She has drawn on her background in astronomy research to create award-winning planetarium shows. These shows are screened in planetariums around Australia and throughout the world. Tanya is often on radio encouraging people to look up and explore the night sky. She also regularly writes for The Conversation. Tanya is an Honorary Fellow of the University of Melbourne and the Astronomical Society of Australia. She also represents Australia as part of the European Southern Observatory’s Science Outreach Network. Tanya was scared of the dark when she was young – strange beginnings for an astronomer. It was her Dad who showed her the stars and she’s been looking up, and not afraid, ever since.
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