Guest Speakers

Macarthur Astronomy Forum

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. Our speakers will present their findings in a format understandable to non-scientists.

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.

** We hope to be returning to WSU sometime soon but in the meantime Macarthur Astronomy Forums will continue to be held online for members only.

Guest Speaker List 2022

17 JanZoom Dr Devika Kamath (MaqU) “Unravelling the Chemical Diversity that Shapes our Universe.”
21 FebZoom Dr Brad Tucker (ANU) “Shocking Supernova and discovering their progenitors of exploding stars”
21 MarZoom Prof Roberto Soria (UCAS) “Revisiting the expansion of the universe”
18 AprZoom Dr Tayyaba Zafar (Macq Uni)+AGM“Distant faint galaxies hunt, like an Easter Egg hunt.”
16 May
Prof Charley Lineweaver (ANU)“The Origin of the Universe from ‘Nothing'”
20 JunZoom Prof Roberto Soria (UCAS)“Sagittarius A* Black Hole”
18 JulZoomDr Simon Ellis (Macq Uni)“MAVIS, for the Very Large Telescope in Chile.”
29 AugZoomProf Joss Bland-Hawthorn (USYD)“Giant waves across the Milky Way”
22 SepZoomDr Luke Barnes (WSU) Aristotle, Newton, Einstein
17 OctZoomDr Emil Lenc (ATNF)TBA
21 Novtba Malcolm Ellis (MAS member)TBA
05 Dectba Prof Geraint Lewis (USYD)TBA

Guest Speaker List 2021

18 JanZoom Dr Devika Kamath (Maq Uni)Cosmic Alchemy: Origin of chemical elements in the Universe.
15 FebZoom Dr Tayyaba Zafar (AAO)Dust: Wipe It Or Keep It, It’s Ubiquitous
15 MarZoom Dr Brett Addison (USQ)Exoplanets, TESS & Minerva-Australis Telescope Observations.
20 AprZoom Dr Angel Lopez SanchezObserving with The AAT – LIVE!
17 MayZoom Dr Ashley Ruiter (UNSW Can) White dwarfs in close binaries: from Type 1a supernovae to LISA
21 JunZoom Prof Geraint Lewis (USYD) Do I expand with the universe? Understanding modern cosmology
19 JulZoom Dr Jonty Marshall (ASIAA) Rocks fall, everything fries: the fate of comets around other stars.
16 AugZoom Dr Emil Lenc (CSIRO) An ASKAP update – Episode II – Attack of the Pilots.
20 SepZoom Dr Kirsten Banks (UNSW) Diving deep inside stars.
18 OctZoom Prof Tim Bedding (USYD) Planets & starquakes: NASA’s Kepler & TESS Missions.
15 NovCancelledDr Devika Kamath (Maq U) Unravelling the Chemical Diversity Shaping our Universe.
6 DecZoom Prof Geraint Lewis (USYD) From the quantum to the cosmos.

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 2003-2019 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.