Com­mu­nity ex­plores the stars

Pilbara News - - Education - Court­ney Fowler

■ An as­tronomer from Swin­burne Univer­sity trav­elled to the Pil­bara to share her love of the stars with more than 300 stu­dents at St Luke’s Col­lege this month.

The PhD stu­dent, Re­becca Allen, took the au­di­ence on an as­tro­nom­i­cal jour­ney, shar­ing sto­ries of the im­por­tance of the night sky to dif­fer­ent world cul­tures, such as the an­cient Greeks, in­dige­nous Aus­tralians, and South Amer­i­cans.

Ms Allen told the au­di­ence that while grow­ing up in Ge­or­gia, USA, she had al­ways had a fas­ci­na­tion with the out­doors and night sky.

She said this led to her cur­rent re­search in high red­shift gal­ax­ies, the dis­tant gal­ax­ies that give astronomers in­sight into the history of the uni­verse.

Ms Allen’s visit to Kar­ratha cul­mi­nated in an As­tron­omy Night that at­tracted more than 250 peo­ple from the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

The event was sup­ported by St Luke’s Col­lege Kar­ratha Science En­gage­ment Net­work, Em­pow­er­ing Peo­ple In The Com­mu­nity, In­spir­ing Aus­tralia and Scitech.

EPIC re­search writer Bindi Grove said au­di­ence mem­bers were able to have a first­hand ex­pe­ri­ence of the Pil­bara night sky with the use of tele­scopes do­nated by St Luke’s Col­lege.

She said the com­mem­o­ra­tive tele­scopes were part of a Guin­ness World Record stargaz­ing at­tempt in Aus­tralia that took place on Au­gust 21.

“Saturn’s rings were so clearly vis­i­ble that one younger au­di­ence mem­ber de­clared that it looked like a toy in the sky,” she said. “The night was such a huge suc­cess that fu­ture events are be­ing planned in part­ner­ship with St Luke’s Col­lege.”

Pic­ture: EPIC

More than 250 As­tron­omy Night.



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