The Adelaide Planetarium at the University of South Australia presents

 The Night Sky

 Tuesdays 16th of January – 20th of March 2018

Hurry last places!

7:30pm – 10:00pm

Adelaide Planetarium,

Mawson Lakes Campus,

University of South Australia

 Paul Curnow

Adelaide Planetarium

University of South Australia

 Abstract: Join popular astronomer Paul Curnow for a 10-week introductory astronomy course at the Adelaide Planetarium. Ever wondered how astronomers find their way around the night sky? Under the dome of the planetarium, come and learn how to find the different constellations (patterns) in the sky and learn about the mythology related to them. Learn about the planets in our solar system and some of the moons orbiting them. Discover the history behind astronomy and how early astronomers worked out the distances to stars, the magnitude of stars and more about the deep sky wonders of our galaxy. Learn about purchasing your first telescope and the best places to view the night sky. This is one of the few courses in the world that has access to a planetarium as a teaching tool.

Bio: Bio: Paul Curnow [B.ED] is the Publicity Officer for the Astronomical Society of South Australia (member since 1991) and a former council member of the Field Geology Club of South Australia. He has been a lecturer at the Adelaide Planetarium since 1992 and was the recipient of the ASSA editor’s award for 2000; 2010; and then again in 2013. In 2002, he served as a southern sky specialist for visiting U.S. and British astronomers who were in Australia for the total solar eclipse. After 25-years of research, he is regarded as one of the world’s leading authorities on Australian Aboriginal night sky knowledge; and in 2004, he worked in conjunction with the Lake Erie Nature and Science Center Planetarium in Ohio, on the creation of a show that features Indigenous Australian stories of the night sky. In addition, Paul runs a number of popular courses for the general public that focus on the constellations, planetary astronomy, historical astronomy and ethnoastronomy, which primarily deals with how the night sky is seen by non-western cultures. He appeared as the keynote speaker at the inaugural 2010 Lake Tyrrell Star Party in Sea Lake, Victoria and in 2011 was a special guest speaker at the Carter Observatory in Wellington, New Zealand. Since 2012 Paul has taken the role of Lecturer for the Astronomy & Universe course (EDUC2066) for the School of Education at the University of South Australia. Paul appears regularly in the media and has authored over 50 articles on astronomy.

To be held at the Adelaide Planetarium (upstairs), Building P, University of South Australia, Mawson Lakes Campus. Mawson Lakes Boulevard, Mawson Lakes SA 5095. BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL. Cost $210.00 per person. Enrolments are subject to the seating capacity of the planetarium, so book early to avoid disappointment. Book online at: or you can contact the Adelaide Planetarium at 8302 3138, or email the planetarium at To make general course content enquiries only; contact Paul Curnow at


The International Space University & the University of South Australia presents

Astronaut and Human Flight Panel

 Saturday 20th of January 2018 at 6pm
Allan Scott Auditorium

City West Campus

University of South Australia

 Dr Soyeon Yi

South Korea’s first astronaut

The International Astronaut Event is a long-standing highlight in ISU sessions. Members of the general public will have an opportunity to ask a broad range of questions of our invited astronaut and obtain their autograph.

This International Astronaut Event, featuring Dr Soyeon Yi, South Korea’s first astronaut, will provide insight and opinion, with a particular emphasis on the human factors involved in spaceflight as humans gain more experience in long-duration missions in order to prepare for inter-planetary travel.

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The International Space University & the University of South Australia presents

Role of Ethics in Space

 Monday 22nd of January 2018 at 6pm
Mawson Centre

Mawson Lakes Campus

University of South Australia

 Dr Jacques Arnould

French Space Agency

Space activities are supported by sound economic arguments, with global business revenues from space activities in the order of hundreds of billion dollars every year. Why did humans however, decide to go to space in the first place? What moves humans to try and literally reach for the stars? When Earth itself is affected by complex global problems, and nations fight for diminishing resources, why do some nations and visionaries expend resources to put humans and human-made objects in space? Is it ethical to strive to expand the reach of human civilisation beyond the gravitational pull of our planet? These and other questions will be explored by Dr Jacques Arnould, resident ethicist with the French Space Agency (CNES), and Adjunct Professor with the International Space University.

With advanced degrees in engineering, the history of science, and theology, Dr Jacques Arnould is uniquely positioned to look at these long standing issues from many perspectives. The author of several books on the topic of space ethics, he is the recipient of the prestigious 2004 Labruyère Prize from the Académie Française, and of the 2011 Audiffred Prize awarded by the Académie des Sciences Morales et Politiques.

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The Field Geology Club of South Australia presents

 Origin and History of the Field Geology Club

 Thursday 1st of February 2018 at 7.45pm
Mawson Lecture Theatre
Department of Geology

University of Adelaide

 David Corbett

 Abstract: (Watch this space)

Members and visitors are warmly invited to attend. There is no charge for admittance and no need to book. If the door to the Mawson Building is locked, please ring the FGC doorbell for admittance. Please note however that the doorbell will be removed at 8.00 pm in order not to interrupt the lecture. Latecomers will need to contact university security 8313 5990 for admittance. For further information visit:


The International Space University & the University of South Australia presents

Are We Alone?

 Thursday 1st of February 2018 at 6pm
Lecture Theatre BH2-09,

Barbara Hanrahan Building (ground floor)

55 North Terrace

City West Campus

University of South Australia

 Associate Professor Charles H. Lineweaver

Planetary Science Institute

Australian National University

Abstract: When we look at the starry sky we cannot help wonder whether we are alone in the universe or whether other sentient beings exist, and if so how far away they are. Maybe the light reflected off our planet and old radio transmissions have travelled through the enormous distances of space and reached intelligent beings, who may also be wondering whether there is life here. Presently we do not have the technology to travel far outside of the solar system and check this out for ourselves, but since time immemorial philosophers have been debating whether we are the only intelligent species in the universe, while scientists have devised experiments to detect signs of life outside of Earth.

In this keynote address, we’ll hear from one of the topmost Australian researchers in the field of astrobiology what we have learned so far, and will be treated to a thought-provoking travel through time and space to answer the ultimate question: are we alone?

Bio: Dr Charles (Charley) Lineweaver is the convener of the Planetary Science Institute (PSI) of the Australian National University (ANU), where he holds a joint Associate Professorship in the Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics, and the Research School of Earth Sciences. He obtained his PhD from the University of California at Berkeley, where he was a member of the COBE satellite team that discovered temperature fluctuations in the cosmic microwave background. His current research ranges from cosmology, to exoplanetology, astrobiology and evolutionary biology.

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