During the last months I’ve been working hard to organize an Astronomy event during the famous ViVID Sydney festival, 27th May – 18th June 2016. With the title “The Story of Light – Deciphering the data encoded on the cosmic light”, this science communication event is presented by the Australian Astronomical Observatory (AAO). It follows our sold-out Event “The Story of Light – The Astronomer’s Perspective” for ViVID Sydney 2015, that was originally planned as part of the International Multiwavelength Dissection of Galaxies Conference I organized last year (now I’m realizing I never talked about this here…).
This event will be held at the PowerHouse Museum (Sydney) on Sunday 29th May, 2:00-3:30pm. Four professional astrophysicists will discuss what astronomy provides in the context of exploiting big data:
- The light and light-based technologies developed in Australian astronomy for both optical and radio telescopes; the tools, platforms, and techniques used for data analysis and visualization
- How astronomers create simulation data
- How some of these techniques are being used in other research areas and;
- The major scientific contributions toward our understanding of the Universe.
Indeed, for decades, astrophysicists have developed novel approaches to exploring the light of the Cosmos, most recently through data-intensive techniques, analytics and visualization tools to extract the information collected by extremely sensitive telescopes and instruments. Astronomers have been pioneers in developing data science techniques to make sense of this huge data deluge, many of which are now used in other areas.
There is no need to say that I’m very excited about this new ViVID Sydney event, not only because of all the effort I’ve already put into this but also because I’m one of the astronomers in the panel! I’ll be talking about optical Astronomy, discussing the importance of the optical spectroscopy, how it is done with the AAO telescopes, and describing some of their current a future instruments.
But that is not all. I’m also extremely happy to do this with four great astronomers and science communicators: Vanessa Moss (CAASTRO/Univ. of Sydney), who will talk about radioastronomy & big Data and the ASKAP, Luke Barnes (Univ. of Sydney), discussing simulating, analysing and visualisation of astronomy data, and Elizabeth Mannering (AAO/ICRAR), who will describe the importance of Data Archive, Virtual Observatories, and the ASVO project at the AAO. On top of that, the host of our event is the famous astronomer and science communicator Alan Duffy (Swinburne University). I’m sure it is going to be quite an experience.
This event, however, is not free, as a ticket for the entry to the PowerHouse Museum ($15 for adults, $8 concession) is needed. You can get your tickets in the Event Webpage of the PowerHouse Museum.
I hope to see you there!