Revisiting the history of spectroscopy

The monthly meeting of Sydney City Skywatchers is held in the Discovery Room at Sydney Observatory on the first Monday of each month. Hear a special presentation from a guest speaker, learn about upcoming events, hear member’s reports and astronomy news. Meetings commence 6:30pm and non-members are welcome to attend for a donation of $5. More about Skywatchers here.


Next Meeting is Monday June 6, 2016

Talk Title: Pipped to the prism: Revisiting the history of spectroscopy

This presentation is based on my recent travels where I followed in the footsteps of Galileo, Donati and other well-known astronomers to discover that the accepted history of spectroscopy is being challenged due to recent research by Italian astronomy historian, Illeana Chinicci. During this journey I discuss the divergent fates of old observatories and their collections through case studies in Italy and Portugal  – Toner Stevenson

Toner Stevenson discovers another small observatory somewhere in Europe, 2016.
Toner Stevenson discovers another small observatory somewhere in Europe, 2016.

Speaker’s bio

Toner Stevenson recently submitted her doctoral thesis in Museum Studies examining Australia’s participation in the Astrographic Catalogue and Carte di Ciel. She was the previous Manager of Sydney Observatory. Toner is currently Head of House Museums for Sydney Living Museums which includes Rouse Hill House and Farm, Vaucluse House, Elizabeth Bay House. Elizabeth Farm and Rose Seidler House in Sydney and Meroogal in Nowra.

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