What's on: Night Talk: Messages from the Sky
Astronomy in the Americas, focusing on the Aztecs and Incas, was an advanced science deeply enmeshed in culture.
- Event Type:
- Special event
- 15 January 2015 to 15 January 2015
- 06.30 PM to 07.45 PM
- Australian Museum, entry via William St
- $30 ($20 Members)
About the talk
An obsession with the workings of the sky unites the world’s ancient peoples. In Latin America, remarkable edifices that linked the heavens with ritual beliefs among the population survive. In this entertaining and fully illustrated talk, astronomer Fred Watson visits just a few of these, from the Cholula Pyramid of the Aztecs to the extraordinary Nazca lines of southern Peru.
About the speaker
Fred has contributed to several major surveys of the motions of stars and galaxies. He is a teammember of the 6dF Galaxy Survey, now completed, and is Project Manager for the 10-nation RAVE (RAdial Velocity Experiment) project to measure the speeds of a million stars. He is also interested in future extremely large telescopes, dark-sky preservation, global virtual observatories and astronomy education.
Fred is also an honorary Professor of Astronomy in the University of Southern Queensland, an adjunct Professor in the School of Physical and Chemical Sciences in the Queensland University of Technology, and an adjunct Professor at James Cook University. Fred is a Board member of the NSW Foundation for Public Education, and a member of the Education Advisory Group of the Australian Square Kilometre Array Steering Committee.
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