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International Year of Astronomy

2009 was the International Year of Astronomy (IYA2009). The Centre for Astrophysics & Supercomputing at Swinburne University of Technology helped celebrate the year through a range of public events including free astronomy lectures, school holiday sessions in the Swinburne Virtual Reality Theatre, and lots of other activities.

  • 3D AstroTours to over 2000 general public visitors and school students.
  • Bigger Than Big was screened on the giant silos as part of the 2009 Nati Frinj Festival (Oct 30-Nov 1) in Natimuk, Victoria.
  • Dr Emma Ryan-Weber addressed secondary school students at the Victorian Space Science Education Centre VSSEC in Strathmore on 8 October.
  • Dr Sarah Maddison spoke at Border Stargaze 2009 (19-23 Aug), hosted by the Astronomical Society of Aulbury Wodonga. The event was held at the Wymah Valley Retreat. For details of the Border Stargaze, see here.
  • Dr Emma Ryan-Weber gave the keynote address at the Science Teachers' Association of Victoria 2009 ICT in Science conference , held at Northcote High School on Friday 28th August.
  • National Science Week ran from 15-23 August. To see how astronomers from the Centre for Astrophysics & Supercomputing were involved, see here.
  • Dr Chris Fluke spoke at the Victorian Space Science Education Centre VSSEC as part of the Engineering and Science Careers Expo on 20 August, during National Science Week.
  • The Centre hosted students from the Victorian Space School on the morning of 8 July, combining an overview of modern astronomy techniques with a session in the HD Virtual Reality Theatre.
  • The CSIRO Cutting-Edge Science Lecture (CELS) series came to Swinburne on 3 June, with the topic Astronomy: 400 years since Galileo.
  • The pilot episodes of Void Love were launched at a special screening on 31 May at Head Quarters in Northcote. This astronomical soap opera was created by Willoh Weiland and Nicky Forster as part of the Synapse Residencies program funded by the Australian Network for Art & Technology (ANAT). Featuring Australian recording artist, Kamahl, and the staff of the Centre for Astrophysics & Supercomputing, Void Love will be coming to the Internet later this year at www.voidlove.tv.
  • Dr Emma Ryan-Weber was the Guest Dinner Speaker at VASTROC 2009 (2-3 May), held at the Ballarat Municipal Observatory.
  • A special event on Friday, Feb 20, was the return of the Wigmore Telescope to Swinburne University for one evening only. See here for a summary of this event.



To find out about other IYA2009 events both nationally and internationally:

  • National IYA2009 events here
  • International IYA2009 events here

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