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Public Talk at UNSW: “Surprises of the Cosmos”

Next Friday 8th March 2013, at 6:30 pm, I’m giving a Public Lecture at the School of Physics of the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Sydney. I’m presenting an updated version of my nice talk Surprises of the Cosmos which I prepared in 2009 because of the Photo Exhibition co-organized between the Instituto Cervantes (Spain) and the Canary Islands Astrophysical Institute (IAC, Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias, Spain) in 2009 because of the International Year of Astronomy. I participated in this exhibition and later I have given same talks here in Australia (Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra) publicizing it.

Flyer of the Public Talk “Surprises of the Cosmos” which I will give next Friday 8th March 2013 at the School of Physics of the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Sydney Credit: UNSW / Angel R. López-Sánchez.

In this talk I imagine we are far, far away from the Earth and take a journey from the deep Universe to our home planet. Our travel will start far away from the Earth, in galaxy clusters containing tens of thousands of galaxies and located more than 10 billion light years from us. We will see how galaxies formed and how we think our Milky Way and it’s neighbours have evolved in time. Once in our Galaxy we will have a look to some remarkable objects: star-forming regions, star clusters and nebulae that are the remnants of dead stars. Finally, we will reach the Solar System and have a look to the planets and the dwarf planets that orbit the Sun. We will also visit comets and asteroids, explain their origin and emphasis how the study of such bodies allow scientist to get a better understanding in the formation of the Sun and the planets around 4.7 billion years ago. We will finish the journey in our planet visiting some of the most important astronomical observatories of the Earth.

The details of the talk and how to reach the Lecture Theater are included in these dedicated UNSW webpage and in the UNSW Events in Facebook

Where: Physics Lecture Theatre, Old Main Building, UNSW Kensington Campus (near Gate 14, Barker St), Sydney

Date: Friday March 8th 2013

Time: 6:30pm (Refreshments served from 6pm)

You can see all the images of this exhibition with the text in Spanish in this link.

Finally, I want to thank PhD student Vicki Lowe for inviting me to give this talk.

I’ll see you there!