Star Tales of Winter Nights

Although the vast majority of space is dark, the analysis of light emitted by stars and gas allows us to unveil the secrets of the Cosmos.

Join professional astrophysicists from the Australian Astronomical Observatory (AAO) for this panel exploring how astronomers use light and light-based technologies to study our Universe. They’ll discuss the most exciting challenges we have to face to detect planets around other stars, how galaxies form and evolve, what dark matter and dark energy are, how we search for extra-terrestrial life, and more.

The panel will also happily answer your questions about the Universe, so bring yours along.


  • Rebecca Brown (AAO)
  • Adam Schaefer (University of Sydney, Sydney Observatory)
  • Dr Devika Kotachery (Macquarie University, AAO)
  • Carlos Bacigalupo (AAO, Sydney Observatory)
  • Dr Ángel Lopez-Sanchez (AAO, Macquarie University)