Stargazer provides heavenly insights
Is anybody out there? That’s an age-old question with a modern twist that a visiting scientist will discuss with South Otago people when he gives a talk at Balclutha next week.
Balclutha Rotary Club is hosting Dr Eyal Schwartz, a young researcher at the University of Otago physics department, the Dodd-Walls Centre for Photonic and Quantum Technologies, in Dunedin.
He will be speaking at the South Otago Town & Country Club at 7pm next Thursday. Schwartz specialises in hunting the night skies for extra-solar planets.
This will be the second time in two years that the rotary club has hosted a science professional, with a view to promoting educational programmes in the community, to support youth initiatives that encourage interest in higher education and the sciences.
Guest speaker Schwartz has a diverse research background in physics. He completed a masters degree in fluid mechanics and a PhD in astronomy and astrophysics.
His field of research interest is fundamental quantum mechanics and cold atoms, where he is manipulating single atoms to understand basic phenomena in the building blocks of the universe.
In his talk, he aims to unveil the cosmos, from naked eye and telescope.