When Galaxies Collide with Lisa Harvey-Smith


Professor Lisa Harvey-Smith, who will be talking about her new book, When Galaxies Collide (Melbourne University Publishing, 2018), will be introduced by ANU Vice Chancellor and Nobel Laureate, Professor Brian P. Schmidt AC FAA FRS.

When Galaxies Collide delivers a fascinating insight into astronomy and the future of our night sky. As a result you'll never look up at the night sky in the same way. Why is the Milky Way blue? Why isn't a black hole dark? How many stars can you see with your naked eye? How much hotter are blue stars than red ones?

When Galaxies Collide peers 5.86 billion years into the future to consider the fate of Earth and its inhabitants. Will the solution be to live in space without a planet to call home? Will one of the other 100 billion planets spawn life? Learn how to watch this space.

"A fascinating and inspiring tour of the galaxies, illuminated by vivid and often humorous accounts of the day-to-day life of an astronomer." - Professor Brian Cox.

Astrophysicist, Professor Lisa Harvey-Smith won the Australian Museum's Eureka Prize for the promotion of Australian Science Research (2016) and the CSIRO Chairman's Medal (2015). She has spent the past 15 years conducting fundamental astrophysics research at universities and research institutes across the world. Lisa was the resident astrophysicist TV presenter on the wildly popular Stargazing Live on ABC with Professor Brian Cox. She has performed in sold-out events across Australia with science superstar Neil deGrasse Tyson and Apollo Moon walking astronauts Buzz Aldrin, Gene Cernan and Charlie Duke.

Astrophysicist/Cosmologist Dr Brad Tucker, Research Fellow at the Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics, ANU Mount Stromlo Observatory will deliver the vote of thanks.

Pre-event book signing will be available from 5.30pm and again after the event. This event is in association with Dymocks Canberra and books will be available to purchase.