Gaia: Mapping the Milky Way from Space

Friday, 15th May 2015 at 6pm - 7:30pm

Location: Royal Society Rooms, Thorndon, Wellington

This event is in the past.

The RASNZ Lecture Trust Inc. is pleased to advise that this year´s
Beatrice Hill Tinsley Lecturer is Professor Gerry Gilmore
(http://www.ast.cam.ac.uk/people/Gerry.F.Gilmore).  

Gerry is Professor of Experimental Philosophy at the Institute of
Astronomy, Cambridge University, UK.  Additionally, he is Scientific
Coordinator of Opticon: the European Union Co-ordination Network for
Optical Infrared Astronomy, and UK Principal Investigator of the Gaia
data processing consortium.  He gained his PhD at the University of
Canterbury, NZ.

Lecture details are:

May 4th Auckland
8:30pm Owen Glen Lecture Theatre, University of Auckland, Grafton Rd,
Auckland Central.
Free admission.
Gaia: Mapping the Milky Way from Space
 
May 5th Nelson
7:30pm Room A211, Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology.
$2 admission. Nelson Science Society members free.
Astronomy, Cosmology and the Big Question in Nature
 
May 11th Dunedin (a Physics Department, University of Otago public
lecture)
6:00pm to 7:30pm Castle 2 Lecture Theatre, University of Otago.
Free admission.
Gaia: Mapping the Milky Way from Space
 
May 13th Wanganui
Whanganui Regional Museum´s Davis Lecture Theatre
Astronomy, Cosmology and the Big Question in Nature
 
May 14th Gisborne
7:00pm Lawson Field Theatre
$5 admission.
Astronomy, Cosmology and the Big Question in Nature
 
May 15th Wellington
6:00pm Royal Society Rooms, Thorndon, Wellington
Free admission.
Gaia: Mapping the Milky Way from Space

Abstracts of the talks:
 
Astronomy, Cosmology and the Big Question in Nature
People have been thinking about where we and the Universe came from,
in all cultures.  Modern science has made impressive progress, linking
big questions from the largest to the smallest scales.  This talk will
give a top level overview of how we address big questions, and where
we are with the current big questions: dark matter, dark energy and
more.

Gaia: Mapping the Milky Way from Space
Gaia is the European Space Agency mission which is currently creating
the first ever 3-D census of the Milky Way.  Gaia´s giga-pixel camera
is mapping the brightness, colour, distance and motions of over one
billion stars to a precision comparable to resolving a button on the
Moon.  Gerry Gilmore who is UK´s Principal Investigator for Gaia and
leads the team processing Gaia´s imaging data, will explain what Gaia
is, how it is delivering a 12-Dimensional map of the Milky Way, and
give some personal views on life inside a billion Euro project.
http://gaia.ac.uk/.

-- Bob Evans on behalf of the RASNZ Lecture Trust Inc.

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