Annual General Meeting: December 2022

ASSA monthly meetings are held in-person and are open to the general public.

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Finding the Venue: The Braggs LT entrance faces the Barr Smith Lawns and is located at E10 on the map.

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Meeting Agenda:

  • Public Lecture: Webb's New Window on the Universe by Prof. Fred Watson AM
    • Door Prize: Astronomica (book)
  • Short Break (2 mins)
  • AGM 2021 Minutes
  • Secretary's Report -- Lisa Lavan
  • Treasurer's Report -- Lynette O'Born
  • President's Review of 2022 -- Kym Thalassoudis
  • Announcement of New Council
  • Other Announcements
  • Close

Webb's New Window on the Universe

Speaker: Prof. Fred Watson, Australia's Astronomer-at-Large, Australian Astronomical Observatory

Abstract: After decades of planning and construction, NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope is now fully operational. Its first science images made global headlines with their breathtaking clarity and depth when they were released in July 2022. They show cosmic detail that was only hinted at by the Webb’s smaller cousin, the ageing Hubble Space Telescope, and foretell a game-changing career of discovery for the new instrument. In this entertaining and copiously illustrated talk, Australia’s Astronomer-at-Large describes the Webb, its images, its mission and its relationship to other upcoming facilities like the Square Kilometre Array and ESO’s Extremely Large Telescope. Not to be missed!

Bio: Professor Fred Watson is the Australian Government’s first Astronomer-at-Large, having worked at both of Britain’s Royal Observatories before serving as the Australian Astronomical Observatory's Astronomer-in-Charge from 1995 to 2015. He is best known today for his radio and TV broadcasts, books, music, dark-sky advocacy and co-hosting the Space Nuts podcast. Fred has adjunct positions in six Australian universities, and his awards and honours include the Eureka Prize for Promoting Understanding of Science in 2006 and an honorary Doctor of Science from Macquarie University in 2022. In January 2010, he was made a Member of the Order of Australia for service to astronomy. A unique claim to fame is that Fred is the only Australian astronomer to have received an APRA music award! He also has an asteroid named after him (5691 Fredwatson), but says that if it hits the Earth, it won't be his fault.

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Wednesday 07 Dec 2022

8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

The Braggs Lecture Theatre (University of Adelaide) and Online

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