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Exploring new worlds: Mt Kent Observatory and the search for and characterisation of nearby planetary systems

22 OCT 2019
5.00 PM - 8.00 PM
USQ Springfield campus - Auditorium
22 Oct
5.00 PM

We welcome you to attend an evening with members of USQ's Astrophysics team.

  • 5.00 - 6.00pm - Presentation by Professor Brad Carter (Auditorium)
  • 6.00 - 8.00pm -  Night-sky viewing 

Brad Carter is a Professor (Physics), Discipline Coordinator (Physical Sciences) and Director of the Centre for Astrophysics at USQ’s Institute for Advanced Engineering and Space Sciences. His research expertise is in astronomical and space sciences and his teaching experience includes physics, astronomy and science at undergraduate and postgraduate levels as well extensive research student supervision.

This talk will focus on Mt Kent Observatory's role in the discovery and characterisation of relatively nearby planetary systems, and the quest to advance understanding of how stars and planets evolve and the implications for life in the universe. Mt Kent Observatory, located on Queensland’s southern downs outside Toowoomba, is a USQ facility for research and education. The Observatory supports NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite survey of exoplanets (worlds orbiting stars other than the Sun), and complementary projects in astronomical and space sciences.