The Universe and the future of space - Bunbury, WA

For one-night only, ANU superstar Astrophysicist Dr Brad Tucker will visit Bunbury, WA to talk about the Universe and the future of space followed by an evening of stargazing with the audience.

In the past few decades, rapid progress in technology has led to a complete change in our view of the Universe. In the next few decades, this will change even more as we become an inter-planetary species. Dr Brad Tucker will talk about some of these discoveries, from planets around other stars, to exploring the Universe and maybe even visiting other planets, and show we are now turning science fiction into reality.

Dr Brad Tucker is an Astrophysicist/Cosmologist, and currently a Research Fellow at the Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Mt. Stromlo Observatory and the National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science at ANU. Brad received Bachelor's degrees in Physics, Philosophy, and Theology from the University of Notre Dame. He then undertook a PhD at Mt. Stromlo Observatory at the Australian National University. He is currently working on projects trying to discover the true nature of dark energy, the mysterious substance causing the accelerating expansion of the Universe, which makes up 70% of the Universe. He's one of the leads of the Kepler Extra-Galactic Survey, a Kepler Space Telescope Key Program, to understand why and how stars blow up. He is also leading a project to build a network of ultraviolet telescopes in the upper atmosphere, which are being built at Mt. Stromlo, a search to find Planet 9 - a hypothetical new planet on the edges of our Solar System, as well as a new mission to capture and mine an asteroid.

Stargazing with Dr Tucker will take place after the event outside the Pavilion on Albert Oval at Bunbury Catholic College. Feel free to bring your own telescope to stargaze.

This event is proudly sponsored by Bunbury Catholic College and Excellence for All-Sky Astronomy in 3D (ASTRO 3D).

For enquiries, please email events@anu.edu.au or 0436 809 949.