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Great Barrier Island and Astronomy At UC Presentations


Sat 14 Oct 2017, 11:00am–12:30pm

Where: Callesen Theatre and Planetarium, 89 Terrace Road, Mt. Cook Village, Aoraki Mt Cook, Mackenzie

Restrictions: All Ages

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  • General Admission: $10.25 ($10.00 + $0.25 fees)
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Listed by: StarlightFestival

Presentation on the Great Barrier Island Dark Sky Sanctuary will be followed by a presentation By Professor Michael Albrow on Astronomy at the University of Canterbury.

Presenters: Izzy Fordham, Chair Local Board; Gendie Somerville-Ryan and Richard Somerville-Ryan, Barrier residents and members of the GBI Dark Sky Team.

Great Barrier Island is New Zealand’s latest Dark Sky Place recognised by the International Dark Sky Association in June 2017.

The Chair of the Governing Authority, the Great Barrier Local Board, Izzy Fordham and members of the Dark Sky Team, Gendie and Richard Somerville-Ryan have been invited to come south and tell us about the GBI Dark Sky Sanctuary.

Izzy will talk about Great Barrier Island - our place in the Hauraki Gulf; flora, fauna and geology; community land ownership; and history: the Right Place. Gendie will talk about how the Dark Sky Sanctuary project came about; the challenges of putting the application together; and the project management: the Right Time.

Richard will talk about the team that was involved and the skills each member brought to the team; what each team member did and what they achieved: the Right People. Great Barrier Island nightscape The Great Barrier Island Dark Sky Sanctuary team; left to right Richard Somerville-Ryan, Izzy Fordham, Gendie Somerville-Ryan.

Presentation-Astronomy at the University of Canterbury - Associate Professor Michael Albrow.

The University of Canterbury is New Zealand's major centre for research in astronomy. We operate the UC’s Mt John Observatory and are the only New Zealand university to offer undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in astronomy and astrophysics. Professor Albrow will give a brief overview of the teaching programme, including the courses that are delivered to first-year through to fourth-year students, and the hands-on experiences that are provided.

He will also discuss the exciting research that is being done by academic staff and postgraduate students, which ranges from the detection of the smallest fundamental particles of matter through to the behaviour of the Universe on the largest scales.