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The basics of building the Universe
May 16 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm$6
A journey through space. Come and let our experts from CSRIO, Melbourne Uni and Deakin take you on an expedition through the galaxy.
Carbon fibre: from rackets to rockets
Dr Sally Hutchinson (Senior Research Scientist, CSIRO)
Incredibly strong and lightweight, carbon fibre is a material of the future. It can be used in everything from bikes to satellites, fighter jets to high performance cars.
Magnifying the distant Universe
Dr Rachael Livermore (ARC DECRA Fellow, University of Melbourne)
How do you use clumps of dark matter as a gigantic natural telescope? Einstein’s General Relativity allows us to do just this through gravitational lensing. Find out how we use these natural telescopes to shed new light on the early Universe.
Listen to the Big Bang through cosmic static
Federico Bianchini (Postdoctoral researcher, University of Melbourne)
The cosmic microwave background is the oldest light in the Universe — emitted when the Universe was only 0.003% of its current age — and it represents a fundamental tool in our quest to understand how the Universe began and what its future holds.