Talking Space: Capturing the light of the Universe

Duration: 1.5 hours
21 March 2018, 6–7.30pm Sydney Observatory Book Tickets

What does light tell us about the universe? What is the relationship between light and Astrophysics?

Join us to hear astrophysicist Dr Ángel R. López-Sánchez reveal how astronomers are using light to discover more about the location, composition and movement of stars and galaxies. Learn how light is captured by large working telescopes and about the techniques and methodologies that astrophysicists use to analyse light.

Thanks to the analysis of the light, astronomers know where stars and galaxies are, what they are made of, how they move, and more. López-Sánchez will discuss how both professional and amateur astronomers and citizen scientists are using light to contribute to our understanding of the Universe while capturing astonishing views of the night sky.

About the speaker

Dr Ángel R. López-Sánchez is an astrophysicist and science communicator working at the Australian Astronomical Observatory and the Department of Physics and Astronomy of the Macquarie University in Sydney. His research is focused in the analysis of star formation phenomena in galaxies of the Local Universe, especially in dwarf starbursts and spiral galaxies, using multi-wavelength data. He presented his PhD Thesis at University of La Laguna & Instituto Astrofisica de Canarias (Spain) in 2006. In 2007 he joined CSIRO Astronomy & Space Science with a postdoctoral position. He then joined the Australian Astronomical Observatory and Macquarie University in 2011. Part of his work is providing observational support to the Anglo-Australian Telescope (AAT, Siding Spring Observatory, NSW). He is now the KOALA Integral Field Unit (IFU) Instrument Scientist.

Dr. López-Sánchez has extensive experience teaching undergraduate and PhD students and giving lectures and classes about Astronomy. He is a passionate science communicator who continuously gives talks and public lectures, writes popular science articles and organizes science communication events and stargazing activities. Twitter: @El_Lobo_Rayado.


Image: Emu in the Sky

Photo Credit: Angel Lopez-Sanchez (AAO/MQU)


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