USQ is delighted to host key speakers, Dr Jessie Christiansen (NASA Exoplanet Science Institute - Caltech) and Dr Duane Hamacher (Indigenous Studies Centre - Monash University) at USQ Toowoomba.
On the Road to a Billion Planets, presented by Dr Jessie Christiansen
Over the last 30 years, the number of exoplanets discovered outside our solar system has increased exponentially. We are now poised at an incredibly exciting time where we are moving from characterization of individual exoplanets to studying their populations. What we are finding over and over again is that nature has more imagination than we do! The number and configurations of solar systems we have found has, in fact, raised far more questions than it has answered. Dr Christiansen will discuss some of the most interesting discoveries, and introduce the NASA TESS mission, which will provide thousands of new planets (and questions!) for us to explore.
Reading the Stars: 65,000 years of Aboriginal Astronomy, presented by Dr Duane Hamacher
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people developed a number of practical ways to observe the Sun, Moon and stars to inform navigation, calendars, predict weather, and inform Law and social structure. This knowledge contains a significant scientific component, which is encoded in oral traditions and material culture. This talk will explore the ways in which Indigenous Australians develop knowledge, conceptialise scientific information, and record it in their traditions that are passed on to successive generations.
Guests will be served light refreshments after the talks from 8.00pm.
Unable to attend on-campus?
If you are unable to attend on-campus, you are able to join via webinar.