2016 schedule

Sat 09:15-10:30
Theatre 101

Keynote: Fireworks at the heart of the Galaxy

Professor Joss Bland-Hawthorn

ARC Laureate Fellow; FAA FOSA; Director, Sydney Institute for Astronomy, School of Physics; Principal Investigator, Sydney Astrophotonic Instrumentation Labs; A/Director, Institute of Photonics and Optical Science

We have known for several decades that a "supermassive dark object" inhabits the centre of the Galaxy, in a compact nebula known as Sgr A*. Every now and then, our satellites detect flares from the vicinity of the object, and there is now strong evidence that Sgr A* was far more active within the last few million years. A great deal is known about the environs of Sgr A* but the true nature of the beast eludes us. Professor Joss Bland-Hawthorn will discuss past, present and future work, including some daring experiments to test the idea of a supermassive black hole.