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Allison Levick Lecture December 2024


Join Dr Stuart Ryder at Macquarie University as he presents 

Fantastic Radio Beasts (FRBs, or Fast Radio Bursts as they are more commonly known) are a great Australian success story. From their initial discovery with the Parkes Murriyang radio telescope barely 15 years ago, to the world-leading capability of the Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder to pin down exactly where FRBs come from, Australian astronomers have been at the forefront of this rapidly-evolving field. How can something that lasts less than a millisecond and might never be seen again be used to reveal previously "missing matter" between galaxies? In this talk Dr Stuart Ryder shares the excitement of finding the most distant FRB ever, and shows why radio telescopes and optical telescopes working together is so vital in understanding where FRBs come from, and what they can teach us about the Universe.



  • Illuminating Darkness
    Illuminating Darkness
    Fri, 08 Mar
    08 Mar 2024, 2:00 pm AEDT – 10 Mar 2024, 2:00 pm AEDT
    Coonabarabran, Observatory Rd, Coonabarabran NSW 2357, Australia
    Join us on a journey to Australia's first Dark Sky Place in the Warrumbungle National Park. This exclusive tour invites lighting experts to explore pristine night skies, stargaze, and unwind at the Astronomers Lodge near Australia's National Optical Telescope. Witness the magic of the night.
  • Maple Glow
    Maple Glow
    Sat, 23 Mar
    23 Mar 2024, 9:00 am GMT-7 – 01 Apr 2024, 2:00 am GMT-7
    Whitehorse, Whitehorse, YT, Canada
    Embark on a captivating 11-day Northern Adventure from March 23 to April 1, 2024! Witness the mesmerizing Northern Lights in Whitehorse, explore the vibrant city of Vancouver, and journey through the stunning Canadian Rockies in Jasper National Park.
  • Totally Texan Total Solar Eclipse
    Totally Texan Total Solar Eclipse
    Mon, 01 Apr
    01 Apr 2024, 1:00 pm GMT-6 – 11 Apr 2024, 10:00 am GMT-6
    Houston, 5701 Main St, Houston, TX 77005, USA
    Want more than a total solar eclipse with Fred Watson? What if we add in a visit to two great NASA Space destinations - NASA's Houston and Cape Canaveral Space Centres- and Dark Skies in Texas!
  • Great Southern Lands
    Great Southern Lands
    Thu, 27 June
    North Adelaide
    27 June 2024, 4:00 pm ACST – 07 July 2024, 12:00 pm ACST
    North Adelaide, King William Rd, North Adelaide SA 5006, Australia
    Embark on an epic 11-day journey through South Australia's remote and captivating landscapes. From opal mines to ancient fossils, from stunning gorges to the famous Flinders Ranges, this tour has everything including the amazing Dark Sky Places in the Murray River and Arkaroola.
  • VIKING LIGHT with Fred Watson
    VIKING LIGHT with Fred Watson
    Sat, 18 Jan
    Sweden & Norway
    18 Jan 2025, 3:00 pm – 30 Jan 2025, 10:00 am
    Sweden & Norway, Nils Ericsons Plan 4, 111 64 Stockholm, Sweden
    The Aurora Borealis is a result of particles of solar wind that travel from the sun 145 million km to Earth where they are drawn towards the magnetic North and South Poles. Join Fred Watson, as he travels to his favourite destination, the Arctic, to see his favourite phenomenon, the Aurora!
  • Iceland's Celestial and Earthly Wonders
    Iceland's Celestial and Earthly Wonders
    Sat, 01 Feb
    01 Feb 2025, 10:30 am – 11 Feb 2025, 2:00 pm
    Reykjavík, Reykjavík, Iceland
    Join Fred Watson and Marnie Ogg as we explore the land of fire and ice, where captivating astronomical phenomena dance in the night sky and ancient geological marvels shape the landscape.
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