Swinburne Astronomy Lecture

Old galaxies in an aging Universe As part of a 14 billion years old expanding universe, we are able to directly experience only a tiny part of its history. In order to reconstruct the evolutionary history of the universe, it is fundamental to study the properties of objects which are billions of light years away from us. In fact, the light coming from these galaxies travels at a finite speed, giving us a picture of how they were when the universe was much younger. However galaxies are complex systems that evolve as they form new stars and interact with each other. As galaxies become old they acquire an apparently featureless elliptical morphology that, despite its structural simplicity, encloses all the complexities involved in galaxy evolution. Likewise a collection of family portraits that tells about the human society at the time when the pictures were taken, the observation and the subsequent comparison of nearby and distant elliptical galaxies allow us to reconstruct the evolution of the universe. In this talk we will present some results from the ongoing research conducted at Swinburne on nearby and distant galaxies with the most powerful currently available telescopes such as Keck, Gemini and Hubble. * Required Details Presenters: Pierluigi Cerulo and Nicola Pastorello, PhD students in Centre of Astrophysics and Supercomputing, Swinburne University Date: Friday 15 February 2013 Time: 6.30pm to 7.30pm Venue: Swinburne University, Hawthorn Campus, ATC building, ATC101 (off Burwood road)

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  • Esther

    The lecture was fantastic... pleasantly surprised by the Italian accents. Very keen for the next one.

    February 16, 2013

  • Fiona F

    It was interesting but some of the information was a bit beyond my current knowledge.

    February 15, 2013

    • Colin R.

      Most of the lectures aren't quite that technical, I think these two PhD students got a little carried away with more in depth information and graphs.

      The next one is being done by Sarah Maddison so she will be good, had her before :)

      February 15, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Yes it was a great topic and a chance for them to collaboratively convey their respective messages. And I enjoyed the Italian enthusiasm! However quite a lot of it went over my head too. There is a lot more to communicating to the public than to colleagues the studying for a PhD doesn't necessarily prepare you for that unfortunately.

      February 16, 2013

  • Julia P.

    Damn work coincides at the most of inconvenience.

    February 16, 2013

  • Brad S.

    anybody have an organized sky party west of the west gate bridge (western suburbs) we are in Hoppers crossing and wish to join or organize one .. see our FB its not fancy but does the job for an 8" reflector

    February 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    An asteroid about 50m in diameter will come within 17,500 miles of Earth tomorrow. It can be seen through telescope: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UFxYYjf47YE

    February 15, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      February 15, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Can be seen with binoculars tomorrow morning.

      February 15, 2013

  • Esther

    very excited!

    February 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Unfortunately I don't finish work in Mill Park until 7:00 pm so it would be nearly 8:00 pm before I could arrive.

    February 11, 2013

  • Chee-Yan H.

    Sorry but going to Sydney for work that night.

    February 9, 2013

  • Colin R.

    Just to let everyone know, the lecture finishes at about 7:30, for anyone that is interested I'll be getting something to eat afterwards on Glenferrie Rd or at least somewhere within walking distance :)

    Finding me won't be difficult, I'll be standing in the foyer until 6:30, wearing glasses and wearing a button up shirt of some description and black pants!

    In the auditorium you can sit wherever you like, I generally sit in the back row as it makes it easier to find the group :)

    1 · February 7, 2013

    • Sarah J.

      Sounds like a great idea

      February 7, 2013

  • Sarah J.

    Thank you Colin for letting us know that the lectures were starting again :)

    January 18, 2013

    • Colin R.

      Your welcome Sarah :) The March one has a date set but the topic and lecturer are currently TBA so I'll wait for more information.

      January 18, 2013

  • Fiona F

    Looking forward to it!

    January 17, 2013

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