Guest Speakers

Expand Your Universe

We created Macarthur Astronomy Forum as a platform for notable Australian and international astronomers to share their discoveries about the Universe with the Macarthur community. 

Organised by Macarthur Astronomical Society. Held at Western Sydney University (Campbelltown Campus), the Macarthur Astronomy Forum is held 7.30 pm – 9.30 pm on the 3rd Monday of each month (Jan to Nov) and 1st or 2nd Monday in December. Details of our next Forum can be found on our News & Events page.

Guest Speaker List 2021

18 JanZoomDr Devika Kamath (Maq Uni)Cosmic Alchemy:
The origin of chemical elements in the Universe.
15 FebZoomDr Tayyaba Zafar (AAO)Dust:
Wipe It Or Keep It, It’s Ubiquitous
15 MarZoomDr Brett Addison (USQ)Exoplanets, TESS & Minerva-Australis Telescope Observations.
20 AprZoomDr Angel Lopez SanchezObserving with The AAT – LIVE!
17 MayZoomDr Ashley Ruiter (UNSW Canberra) White dwarfs in close binaries: from Type 1a supernovae to LISA
21 JunZoomProf Geraint Lewis (USYD) Do I expand with the universe? Understanding modern cosmology
19 Jul ZoomDr Jonty Marshall (ASIAA) Rocks fall, everything fries: the fate of cometary bodies around other stars.
16 Aug Dr Emil Lenc (CSIRO) NEXT tba
20 Sep Dr Kirsten Bankstba
18 Oct Prof Tim Bedding (USYD)tba
15 Nov Dr Devika Kamath (Maq Uni)tba
 Dec* Prof Geraint Lewis (USYD)tba

Guest Speaker List 2020

20 JanWSURic Forster (MAS)How radio telescopes create an image.
17 FebWSUProf Fred WatsonCosmic chronicles.
16 MarCancelledProf Tim BeddingPlanets & Starquakes: NASA’s Keppler/TESS Missions.
20 AprCancelledLes DalrympleAGM held on Zoom.
18 MayZoomDr Luke Barnes (UWS)Cosmic Revolutionary’s Handbook.
15 JunZoomDr Lucyna ChudczerInfrastructure for Australian Astronomers.
20 JulZoomProf Roberto SoriaGalaxies, Galaxy Clusters, Mass & Dark Matter
17 AugZoomDr Emil Lenc (ASKAP)ASKAP Update – Let the Science Begin!
21 SepZoomProf Michael Wheatland (USYD)Solar Activity.
19 OctZoomProf Geraint Lewis (USYD)The Southern Stellar Stream Spectroscopic Survey (S5)
16 NovZoomProf Charley Lineweaver (ANU)Progress in the Search for Life Beyond Earth
7 Dec*ZoomDr Brad Tucker (ANU)Ultraviolet Astronomy from High-Altitude Balloons
“We are passionate about discovering the Cosmos.
The Guest Speaker List for previous years 2008-2019 is now available > here <


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Macarthur Astronomy Forum and other outreach initiatives are made possible by collaboration with Western Sydney University and Campbelltown Rotary Observatory.