A lecture series marking 400 years since Galileo used a telescope to view the solar system and transformed our understanding of Earth’s place in the Universe.
Associate Professor Ruth Barton, The University of Auckland
When Galileo turned his telescope to the stars he saw spots on the sun, mountains on the moon, and moons about Jupiter. The moons of… Read more Audio
Dr Grant Christie MNZM, Research Astronomer, Stardome Observatory
The first stars formed when the Universe was less than 2% of its current age. At this early epoch the conditions were very different… Read more Audio
Alan Gilmore, Mt John Observatory, University of Canterbury
The realisation that stars are just distant suns, like our own, led to speculation about the existence of other planets, and other life… Read more Audio
Professor Jack Baggaley FRAS FRSNZ, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Canterbury
Comets and asteroids provide us with vital clues as to how the solar system was born. Small sized… Read more Audio
Dr Jenni Adams, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Canterbury.
More than 50 trillion solar neutrinos pass through your body every second! Abundant but elusive, these particles have… Read more Audio
Brian Boyle, Director, Australian National Telescope Facility
Stretching over a continent and comprised of over 5000 antennas, the Square Kilometre Array is proposed to be the world's largest radio… Read more Audio