Royal en­counter

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - Jon Bas­sett

ROY­ALTY col­lided with grav­ity when Prince An­drew asked Univer­sity of WA ra­dio as­tron­omy stu­dents what would hap­pen to Earth if its Sun be­came a black hole.

“I said ‘noth­ing’ be­cause even if our Sun sud­denly be­came a black hole, it still has the same mass and there­fore the (same) po­ten­tial grav­i­ta­tional pull, and Earth would con­tinue or­bit­ing it with­out any dif­fer- ence,” Curtin Univer­si­ty­based In­ter­na­tional Cen­tre for Ra­dio As­tron­omy Re­search’s (ICRAR) Gemma An­der­son said.

Prince An­drew was in Perth on Fri­day as part of a visit pro­mot­ing busi­ness, science tech­nol­ogy and en­gi­neer­ing.

At UWA, he was given an overview of ICRAR and the in­ter­na­tional Square Kilo­me­tre Ar­ray (SKA) project.

“He is an ad­vo­cate for us and to make sure we can ed­u­cate the young so they come and use, build and de­velop this tele­scope,” ICRAR ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Peter Quinn said.

Prince An­drew un­veiled a foun­da­tion plaque for the univer­sity’s $18 mil­lion Ezone Stu­dent Hub be­ing built in a be­spoke build­ing for the west side of the cam­pus from 2020.

Prince An­drew re­acted with a laugh when stu­dent as­tronomers Robin Cook and Daniel Ung told him aliens could hear ra­dio sig­nals trans­mit­ted from Earth. Pic­ture: Jon Bas­sett

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