USQ Winter Festival of Astronomy
The University of Southern Queensland is proud to host the USQ Winter Festival of Astronomy from 19-22 July, 2016 at USQ Toowoomba.
NASA scientists and planet hunters from around the world will be converging on USQ for four days AND nights of presentations, panel discussions and star-gazing open to the general public.
This world-wide community will be discussing the search for planets, for life elsewhere, and our place in the universe.
The Festival features scientists from NASA and San Francisco State University as well as USQ's own astronomers,highlighting the growing role USQ plays in finding new planets, and eventually life, beyond our Solar system.
Over the last 50 years, the revolution in space sciences has progressed beyond our imagining. This relatively short history of modern scientific endeavour has resulted in man walking on the moon, the development of an international space station and exploratory spacecraft roving the surface of Mars and probing the depths of space. Just 24 years ago, we had yet to find a single planet orbiting another star outside our solar system. Today we study more than three thousand planets around stars other than our own and our knowledge continues to grow.
At the inaugural USQ Winter Festival of Astronomy, we will be looking to the future - and the search for life beyond our Solar system.
- 19 July - Astrobiology and the Search for Life Elsewhere, Professor Lynn Rothschild (NASA)
- 20 July - Planets Everywhere! The Revolution in How We View the Earth, Dr David Ciardi (NASA) & Panel Session - Astronomy: Past, Present and Future
- 21 July - Rocks from Space, Associate Professor Jonti Horner (USQ)
- 22 July - Planet Hunting, Associate Professor Stephen Kane (SFSU) and Star Gazing Session led by Associate Professor Jonti Horner (USQ)
The event is supported through USQ's Researcher Development and Training (ReDTrain).