Almost everything we know about the Universe has been obtained by analysing the light of the Cosmos collected with telescopes. With its 3.9m mirror, the...
The Story of Light – Celebrating Australia’s largest optical telescope
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Almost everything we know about the Universe has been obtained by analysing the light of the Cosmos collected with telescopes. With its 3.9m mirror, the Anglo-Australian Telescope (AAT) is the largest optical telescope in Australia and has significantly improved our understanding of the Universe. Located at Siding Spring Observatory in Coonabarabran, NSW, the AAT was commissioned in 1974 and it still is a leading edge astronomical facility thanks to the technology developed at the Australian Astronomical Observatory (AAO).
Join five leading professional astrophysicists for a fascinating overview of the major science achievements obtained analysing the light collected with the AAT and hear about the exciting science and technology projects currently underway in this cutting-edge research facility. Discover how the AAT is ‘digging’ the stars in the Milky Way to understand how it formed.
Move from planets imagined by science fiction to real exoplanets as described by science discoveries, many obtained at the AAT. Be amazed by the AAT’s amazing fibre optics and engineering technology that allows us to ‘dissect’ galaxies to understand how stars and galaxies form and evolve. Listen to experts who contributed to the discovery of the existence of the mysterious dark energy in the Cosmos and how the AAT seeks for the optical detection of gravitational waves.
After the session, the panel will happily answer any of your questions about the Universe.