Guest Speakers 1997-2019

Held at Western Sydney University

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Guest Speaker List

21st JanRic Forster (MAS member)A technologist’s journey: from optical to radio.
18th FebAssoc Prof, Charley Lineweaver (ANU)Cosmic connections
18th MarDr Angel Lopez Sanchez (Mac Uni)Dissecting Dwarf Galaxies with the AAT
15th AprProf Tara Murphy (USyd) + AGMGravitational waves from neutron star merge
20th MayDr Emil Lenc (ASKAP)ASKAP and its role in the SKA era
17th JunLes Dalrymple (Amateur)Celestial 88 — a Brief history of the constellations
15th JulRobert Brand (Space Activist)Apollo to ThunderStruck
21st JulTodd Barber
Rachel Zimmerman Brachman
Deb Brice
Christine Fuller
Michael Malaska
Shannon McConnell
Tom Nolan
Apollo 11 to STEM and The Next Giant Leap.
50th Anniversary of first Moonwalk.
Eight speakers from NASA JPL.
All day event.
19th AugDr Lee Spitler (Mac Uni)The Huntsman Telescope: ultra-faint imaging.
16th SepMarnie Ogg (Dark Sky Alliance)Light pollution in astronomy & the environment
21st OctProf Geraint Lewis (USyd)Are we alone? Life in a hostile Universe
18th NovDr Brad Tucker (ANU)Exploding Stars & End of the Universe
9th DecBroughton College & Prairiewood HS.Fifth Annual Students Night
15th Jan.Marnie Ogg “Fred Watson Tours”Planetary Reflections
19th Feb.Dr Maria Cunningham (UNSW)Stars and the Stuff Between Them
19th Mar.Dr Luke Barnes (USyd/WSU)Top 10 things to do before Universe heat death
16th Apr.AGMAnnual reports and election of office bearers
21st May.Dr Lee Spitler (Mac Uni + AAO)Ultra-faint imaging with the Huntsman telescope
18th Jun.Serge Antonov (Astro Devices)Digital Setting Circles – old and new.
16th Jul.Amy Shira Teitel (Vintage Space)Space Rocks: The Mercury 13 Women
16th Jul.Geoff Notkin (Meteorite Men)Space Rocks: Meteorite Hunting
20th Aug.Dr Ed Kruzins (NASA Tidbinbilla)Deep Space Tracking : Results & Developments
17th Sep.Dr Lucyna Kedziora Chudczer (UNSW)Clouds in Alien Skies
15th Oct.Prof Geraint Lewis (USYD)The Future of the Universe
19th Nov.Prof Fred Watson AM (AAO)Astronomy at Large
10th Dec.Prairiewood HS/Broughton C.Fourth Annual Students Night
16th Jan.Dr Luke Barnes (USYD)The Universe for Beginners
20th Feb.Dr Emil Lenc (CAASTRO)Around the Universe with the MWA
20th Mar.Dr Vanessa Moss (USYD)Tracing hydrogen fuel in our home galaxy.
24th Apr.Annual General MeetingAGM
15th MayProf Fred Watson (AAO)Moon Mysteries – Our nearest celestial neighbour.
19th Jun.Prof Andrew Hopkins (AAO)The Taipan Galaxy survey
17th Jul.Dr Lucyna Kedziora Chudczer (UNSW)Juno mission – unlocking mysteries of Jupiter
14th Aug.Prof L. Harvey-Smith, Prof T. Davis, Dr M. Cunningham, Prof N. McClure-Griffiths.Panel Discussion. Moderator: Prof Geraint Lewis. 
18th Sep.Dr Jonty Marshall  Exo-Comets: Fragments Of Planet Formation.
16th Oct.Dr Ángel López-Sánchez (AAO)Capturing the light of the Universe
20th Nov.Prof Gary DaCosta (ANU)SkyMapper – Search for the oldest stars
11th Dec.Kristie Caplikas (Year 9 student, Prairiewood High School).Supernovae SN 2005CF and SN 2017 HUP.
18th Jan.Dr Jonty Marshall (UNSW)Starlight polarisation: circumstellar dust.
15th Feb.Dr Luke Barnes (USYD)More to the Universe than its good looks.
21st Mar.Dr Stuart Ryder (AAO)Supernovae, Old and New.
18th Apr.Dr Lucyna Kedziora-Chudczer (UNSW)Habitability and Life on Exoplanets.
16th May.AGM followed by A Chile Telescopic AdventureTour the great scopes of Chile with The MAS 7.
20th Jun.Dr Andrew Green (AVSO)Bigger than BIG: How do we know, how big?
18th Jul.Prof Lisa Harvey-Smith (CSIRO)When Galaxies collide.
15th Aug.Dr Roberto Soria (ICRAR)Black-hole powered jets and winds.
25th Aug.Dr Ed Kruzins: Canberra DSCC.The NASA Deep Space Network.
19th Sep.Dr Lee Spitler (Macquarie Uni)The Huntsman Array.
17th Oct.Prof Geraint Lewis (USYD)    What’s Next for Cosmology.
21st Nov.Mohammed Ali Baddah (MAS) & David MetcalfChasing the Northern Lights.
12th Dec.Students Month:
Prairewood High School
Exoplanets: Steven Condell, Sam Huang, Jackson Zhou and Johnson Phosavanh
Variable Stars in the SMC: Christine Le, Amy Nguyen and Jessica Ho
19th Jan.Dr Jonty Marshall (UNSW)Circumstellar Debris: Signpost of Exo-Planets.
16th Feb.Prof Fred Watson AM (AAO)Australians vs. The Galaxy – RAVE & GALAH
16th Mar.Dr James Allen (USYD)Why surveys are crucial for astronomy.
20th Apr.Annual General MeetingAGM
18th May.Dr Ángel López-Sánchez (AAO)Light and Astrophysics.
15th Jun.Bill RickettsResurrecting Aboriginal Star Lore.
20th Jul.Dr Luke Barnes (USYD)Act One, Scene Two: How the Universe blooms.
5th Aug.Dr Ed Kruzins: Canberra DSCC.DSCC at Tidbinbilla and its role with NASA.
17th Aug.Dr Lee Spitler (Macquarie Uni)A Night in the Life of an Astronomer.
21st Sep.Prof Geraint Lewis (USYD)Space-time, Black Holes, Expanding Universes.
19th Oct.Dr Lisa Harvey-Smith (CSIRO)ASKAP, SKA, Colliding Galaxies & Buzz Aldrin.
16th Nov.Shaila Akhter (UNSW)You Big Baby! Secrets of Star Birth.
14th Dec.Vina Hing & Linh Thuy Nguyen (Prairiewood H.S.)Eclipsing Binary Stars.
20th Jan.C. Malikoff & T. Law (MAS)What Telescope Should I Buy? & Mauna Kea trip slideshow.
17th Feb.Dr Giovanni Carraro (ESO)How Well Do We Know The Structure Of Our Own Galaxy?
21st Feb. Prof Brian Schmidt (ANU)2011 Nobel Laureate:  The Accelerating Universe!
17th Mar.Dr Amanda Bauer (AAO)A Long Time Ago In Galaxies Far, Far Away.
21st Apr.AGM – Committee ElectionQ&A, Topics On Astronomy.
19 May.Shaila Akhter (UNSW)RR Lyrae Stars In The Milky Way Stellar Halo.
18th Jun.Dr Greg Chamitoff (NASA)My Space Experience: What It’s Like On The Space Station. 
21st Jul.Prof Fred Watson AM (AAO)It’s About Time!
18th Aug.Dr Roberto Soria (Curtin Uni)Peering inside a spiral galaxy: stellar birth and death in M83.
15th Sep.Dr Lisa Harvey-Smith (CSIRO)Cosmic Water Fountains Reveal Star Birth & Death.
20th Oct.Dr Lucyna Kedziora-Chudczer (UNSW)Staring down the barrel of powerful jets – scintillating quasars.
17th Nov.Dr Luke Barnes (USYD)What happened at the Big Bang?
8th Dec.Tony Law (MAS)The US Race to the Moon and beyond.
21st Jan.Chris Malikoff (MAS).Astronomy Apps On Mobile Devices.
18th Feb.Mike Salway (Ice in Space)Nightscape Photography.
18th Mar.Dr Graeme Salter (UNSW).Fireflies Beside Lighthouses: Exo-planet Detection.
15th Apr.AGM + Dr Jonti Horner (UNSW).Rocks From Space.
20th May.Dr Mark Phillips (Las Campanas Obs.)Exploding Stars And The Fate Of The Universe.
17th Jun.Dr Jeremy Bailey (UNSW).Mariner 2 And Its Legacy: 50 Years On.
15th Jul.Prof Fred Watson (AAO). Navigation And The Interplanetary Superhighway.
19th Aug.Dr Jonti Horner (UNSW).Exoplanets And Life Elsewhere.
16th Sep.Dr Geoff Sims (UNSW).Astronomy From Antarctica.
21st Oct.Prof. Geraint Lewis (USyd).The Future of Cosmology.
18th Nov.Dr. Ángel López-Sánchez (AAO).Galaxies Of The Local Universe.
Dec.No meeting.~
16th Jan.WorkshopWorkshop.
20th Feb.Dr. Lucyna Chudczer (Univ. of NSW)The Water Trail: Search For Extrasolar Planets.
19th Mar.Les Dalrymple (Aust. Sky & Telescope)M83 And The Centaurus Galaxy Cluster.
16th AprilAnnual General Meeting.Astro Sketching: Featuring Alexander Massey.
21st May.Prof. Fred Watson AM (AAO)In The Face of The Sun.
18th Jun.Dr. Lisa Harvey-Smith, (SKA) The SKA – What’s Next?
16th Jul.Anthony Wesley (Amateur)Jupiter And Saturn: 2009 To 2012.
20th Aug.Humayun Qureshi (Amateur)DSLR Imaging:l Astrophotography And Processing.
17th Sep.Prof. Geraint Lewis (USyd)      Andromeda And The 30 Dwarfs.
15th Oct.Dr Simon O’Toole (AAO) The Kepler Space Telescope: A New View.
19th Nov.Dr Emil Lenc  (Sydney Univ.) The Time Traveller’s Guide To The MWA
Dec.No Meeting.~
17th Jan.Tony Law (MAS)Tony’s Telescopic Travels.
21st Feb.Prof. Fred Watson AM (AAO)Poles Apart: Planetary Polar Environments
21st Mar.Les Dalrymple (Aust. Sky & Telescope)Globular Clusters: History, Evolution & Dynamics.
18th Apr.AGM + Daniel Ross (MAS)My Trip To Space Camp.
16th MayProf. John Peacock (Edinburgh University)Slipher: Discovery Of The Expanding Universe.
20th Jun.Dr. Lisa Harvey-Smith (CSIRO)A New Generation Telescope: The SKA.
18th Jul.Dr. Mike Ireland (Syd/Maq Uni)Birth & Death of Exoplanets.
15th Aug.Prof. Geraint Lewis (USyd)Just What Do We Know About The Universe?
19th Sep.Chris Malikoff (MAS)Tuning And Maintaining Your Telescope & Mount.
17th Oct.Gary KopffWildcard Innovations Argo Navis Digital Telescope Computer.
21st Nov.Prof. Bryan Gaensler (USyd)          Extreme Cosmos.
Dec.No meeting.~
18th Jan.General Discussion.~
15th Feb.Dr David Malin (AAO).Galileo’s Legacy.
15th Mar.Prof. Fred Watson AM (AAO).The AAO: More Than A Big White Dome,
19th Apr.AGM & Trivia Quiz. Marc Aragnou.Starizona Hyperstar Imaging System Demo
17th May.Dr Ragbir Bhathal (UWS).Aboriginal Astronomy.
21st Jun.Prof. Geraint Lewis (USyd).The Birth, Life And Death Of Galaxies.
19th Jul.Assoc. Prof. Peter Tuthill (USyd).“Deathstar” WR104:  Curiosity Or Doom?
16th Aug.Dr Max Spolaor (A.A.O).The Chemical Evolution Of Galaxies.
20th Sep.Prof. Naomi McClure-Griffiths (A.T.N.F.)What Goes Up Comes Down In The Milky Way.
9th Oct.Dr. David Malin (public talk).Invisible Universe: Making Sense Of The Unseen.
9th Oct.David Reneke (public talk).Secrets Of The Universe & Moon Landings Facts.
18th Oct.Bob Bee (MAS).The Old And The New In European astronomy.
18th Oct.Chris Malikoff (MAS).Refresher In The Use Of Our Website.
15th Nov.Prof. Bryan Gaensler (USyd).The Square Kilometre Array.
Dec.No meeting. ~
Jan.Chris Malikoff (MAS).Discussion On MAS Website Use.
Feb.Ian Cook (MAS).Your Favourite Star.
Mar.Dr Andrew Hopkins (AAO).Our Galaxy.
Apr.Annual General Meeting.Astronomy Trivia  Trevor and Anne Rhodes.
May.Prof. Bryan Gaensler (USyd).Magnets In The Sky.
Jun.Bob Bee (MAS).Mapping The Constellations With Mythology.
Jul.Dr. Ragbir Bhathal (UWS). Searching for Life in the Universe. (Public Talk)
Jul.Chris Malikoff (MAS).Imaging With A Digital S.L.R. Part 1.
Aug.Prof. Geraint Lewis (USyd).Cosmology And Dark Energy.
Sep.No Guest Speaker.General Telescope Forum.
Sep.Prof. Fred Watson (AAO).Why Is Uranus Upside Down? (Public talk).
Oct.Chris Malikoff  (MAS).Imaging With A Digital S.L.R.  Part 2.
Nov.Dr Tim Robishaw (USyd).Magnetic Fields Near and Far.
Dec.No meeting. ~
Jan.Chris & Jenny Malikoff (MAS).The Narrabri Telescope Array.
Feb.Prof. Geraint Lewis (USyd).Galactic Cannibalism.
Mar.Kate & Daniel Ross (MAS).Tour Of U.K. Observatories.
Apr.Annual General Meeting.Reports & Election of Office Bearers.
MayProf. Bryan Gaensler (USyd).The Amazing Magnetars.
Jun.Dr. Laszlo Kiss (USyd).Exploding Stars.
Jul.Chris Malikoff (MAS).The New MAS Website.
Aug.Daniel Ross (MAS).Mars Landers: What Are They Up To?
Sep.Dr Andrew Jacob (USyd).Cepheid Variables: Interferometer Observations.
Oct.Dr. Lisa Harvey-Smith (SKA).Massive Stars: Live Fast & Die Young.
Nov.Dr. Greg Madsen (USyd).How Does Our Galaxy Work?
Dec.No Meeting ~
Jan.No Meeting.~
Feb.Mike Salway (Ice In Space).Imaging with a Dobsonian Telescope.
Mar.Bob Evans. (Amateur Supernova Hunter)Supernova Hunting.
MayMelissa Hulbert.Egyptology & Astronomy.
Jun.~Workshop on Collimation.
Jul.~Workshop on Drift Alignment.
Aug.Ian Cook (MAS).Skyview 2007.
Sep.Prof. Fred Watson (AAO).Tomorrow’s Telescopes.
Oct.Mark Suchting.Binocular Telescopes.
Nov.Don Whiteman (Bintel).Charles Messier and “That List”.
Jan.Ned Pastor (MAS) & Martin Ferlito (MAS)Astrophotography.
Feb.Dr Fred Watson (Astronomer in Charge, AAO)What’s Happening to Gravity?
Mar.Prof Mike Dopita (ANU)Star Formation.
Apr.AGM. Ian Cook (MAS).Double Stars.
MayDone Whiteman (Bintel).US Tour: Meade and Nagler factories & Stellafane.
Jun.Melissa Hulbert (Sydney Observatory).Astro-imaging, digital and film.
Jul.Professor Ken Freeman (ANU).Formation of Galaxies.
Aug. Doug MacEachern (MAS).HDR Astro-imaging processing using PS CS2.
Sep.Paul Francis (ANU).Listening to the Universe.
Oct.Georgio Descala.Amateur astronomy & professional research.
Nov. Tim Bedding.Astro Helioseismology.
Dec.No meeting.~
Feb.Peter Elston (MAS).Chasing a Solar Eclipse by Jet Over Antarctica.
Mar.Casual Night.What l’ve learnt from the lnternet, Computing in Astronomy, and Astrophotography.
Apr.AGM.Followed by a video.
MayZane Hammond (Magellan Observatory),Astrophotography at Magellan Observatory.
Jun.Bernard Kornfield.Globular Clusters.
Jul.~video: Apollo Moon Missions.
Aug.Dr Miroslav Filipovic UWS).Deep Impact Mission to Comet Tempel 9P/Tempel.
Sep.Dr Enno Middleburg (ATFN).Radio Astronomy.
Oct.Glen Dawes (Quasar Publishing).The Development of the Astronomy Year Book.
Nov.Chris Toohey (astronomer, writer, bishop).?
Dec.No meeting.~
Jan.Ian Cook (MAS) and Dick Everett (MAS).Quiz. Latest astro news.
Feb.~Mars Rovers Video.
Ben Pawlutschenko (NSW Astronomical Society).Solar Observing.
Apr.AGM. Ian Cook (MAS).John, Caroline & William Herschel.
MayBob Bee (MAS).White Dwarfs.
Jun.Dr John O’Byrne (Sydney University).Adaptive Optics.
Jul.Dick Everett (MAS).Cassini Mission.
Aug.Ned Pastor (MAS).Tektites, meteorites and moldavites.
Sep.Dr Stuart Ryder (AAO).Supernovae.
Michael West (Mars Society)
Rocket Propulsion: Technology and Development.
Dec.No Meeting.~
Jan.~Members discussion night.
Feb.Prof Fred Watson (AAO)
Mar.Daniel Ross (MAS)Messier Hunting.
Apr.Annual General MeetingAnnual reports and elections.
Jun.Peter Druery (MAS). A Universe of Information.
Jul.Peter Druery (MAS).Astro-photography.
Aug.Dr Russell Cannon (AAO).New Telescope Projects.
Sep.Michael West (Mars Society) Mars, astronauts, ESA Tracking Station and more.
Oct.Bob Bee (MAS). The Life Cycle of Stars.
Nov.Dr Dick Hunstead (Sydney University).Quasars.
Dec.No meeting.~
Jan.Ian Cook (MAS).?
Mar.I. Cook, J. Casey, D. Ross, N.Sharpe (MAS).MAS Discussion Groups
Apr.AGM. Dr Ragbir Bhathal (UWS).Astronomical Mathematics.
MayBob Bee (MAS).Cosmology.
D.Ross, N.Pastor, J.Casey, P.Druery (MAS).
Astro-computing, meteorites, cosmology & news.
Jul.Dr Doug Vakosh (SETI Institute of Califomia).SETI.
Aug.Dr Andrew Hill (Macquarie Uni).Astrobiology.
Sep.Peter Druery (MAS).Hot Hydrogen and more…
MAS Members.
Ian Cook(Quiz); Bob Bee (Kuiper Belt); Lloyd Wright & Noel Sharpe ( photographic display).
Dec.No meeting.~
Jan.Peter Druery (MAS)The Challenging World of Astro-photography.
Feb.Robert Zindler (MAS)Cosmology.
Mar.Dick Everett (MAS)Greenwich Observatory.
Apr.AGM. Peter Druery (MAS)Aurorae, Comets & Supernovae.
MayPeter Williams (Sky & Space contributor)Variable Stars.
Jul.Dr Ragbir BhathalNew Directions for SETI.
Aug.Dick Everett & Phillip Kidd (MAS)?
Sep.Don Whiteman (Bintel)Telescope Collimation.
Oct.Dr Russell Cannon (AAO)2df Survey and Spiral Optical Fibre Array.
Nov.Various speakers (MAS)Various topics
Dec.No Meeting.~
Jan.Daniel Ross and Dick Everett “Displaying their handiwork”.
Also a sneak preview of the observatories.
Mar.Peter Druery (MAS)Visual Astronomy
Apr.AGM. ~
MayDr Russell Cannon (AAO)2df Survey instruments.
Jul.~Open discussion night.
Aug.Zane Hammond (Magellan Observatory)Astro-photography.
Sep.Dr Frank Stootman (Chair, SETI Australia)The UWS SETI project. (+ Lab visit).
Oct.Dr Fred Watson?
Nov.Dr Don NeelySpectroscopy: Starlight Chemicals.
Dec.No Meeting.~
Apr.4 speakers~
Jul.Peter Druery (MAS)Amateurs in Education
Sep.Andrew JamesStellar Clusters
Oct.John Casey (MAS)
Dec.No meeting
Jan.No Meeting~
Feb.Noel Sharpe (MAS)Using a Telescope.
Mar.Ken PetersonLight Pollution.
Apr.AGM + Bob EvansSupernovae.
May.Daniel RossTrivia Night.
Jun.Andrew JamesPlanetary Nebulae.
Jul.Ralph ButtigiegWhy and How We Should Go to Mars Now.
Aug.Peter WilliamsVariable Stars
Sep.Stephen DoyleSpace Law
Oct.Bob Bee (MAS)Solar System and Deep Space.
Nov.Leon Darcy?
Dec.No meeting~
May.Ron RoyalSydney Observatory
Jun.Noel Sharpe (MAS)Camp Constellation & Astro Photography
Jul.Dr Seth Shostack (SETI Research)Search for Extra-terrestrial Intelligence
Aug.~Slide Presentation & Workshop
Oct.Steve ManosNASA and ASRI
Nov.Dr Paul Butler (AAO)The Discovery of Extra-Solar Planets
The historical list above is closed. You can find the current Guest Speaker list  > here <