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A night of astronomical excitement

Media release

C257/09

Learn about the one of the world’s largest science projects that may call WA its home and explore the wonders of the night sky at Gingin Observatory this August.

Curtin University of Technology’s Professor Steven Tingay will talk about WA’s role in the biggest science project of the early 21st century — the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) — on 15 August.

Professor Tingay said the SKA would be an important project for the world’s scientific community and many young Western Australians.

“If Australia becomes the SKA’s home, then it will be a major project for the entire State,” he said.

“It could mean thousands of jobs in constructing and running the most sophisticated radio astronomy equipment in the world.”

During his talk, Professor Tingay will explain how the SKA will work and what amazing discoveries it could make that will further our understanding of the universe.

Following the presentation, Gingin Observatory astronomers will offer a laser beam tour of the night sky and its many wonderful constellations. Visitors will also be given the opportunity to stargaze through the Observatory’s telescopes.

Professor Tingay’s presentation starts at 7.00pm and costs $42.50 for adults, $38.00 for seniors, $19.00 for children, and $119.00 for families (2 adults, 2 children). Bookings are essential. Call 08 9575 7740 or email stars@ginginobservatory.com.