When we press FIRE on the most powerful laser in the world, we deliver a packet of light that is a thousand billion billion times more intense than the sunlight you feel while out on Bondi beach in peak summer! That’s super intense! We can use this extreme power to recreate the conditions at the centre of Sun and in the process release vast amounts of energy in a clean and safe way. Harnessing this power for electricity generation is an inspiring story. It combines pure and applied physics and requires engineering to handle the most extreme conditions in our solar system.
Conveying the wonder of science through art, Pamela Bain and Carolyn Lewens explore the universe with Swinburne University Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing resulting in an odyssey of aesthetic and sensory experiences.
Featuring artists Carolyn Lewens and Pamela BainA panorama of image projections and animation inspired by the Centre of Astrophysics and Supercomputing research projects will showcase the work of Carolyn Lewens and Pamela Bain. Small works and merchandise will also be offered for sale. Orders for larger works can be made directly with the artists.
Whether it is depending on the stars in the sky to navigate a ship’s journey or developing technology that enables the successful landing of a rover on a distant planet, space has always been part of who we are. In this special edition of State of the Universe, Dr Rebecca Allen will discuss some of the contemporary men and women who have advanced the studies of and journeys into the Cosmos, and where we are today.
7:30pm - 8:30 pm Telescope viewing (weather permitting)