Friday 27th October at Emerald Secondary College we are incredibly lucky to have Professor Jeff Cooke from Swinburne University of Technology and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Gravitational Wave Discovery (OzGrav) coming to do a free public talk for us at Emerald Secondary College about the recent groundbreaking discovery of both gravitational waves and electromagnetic counterpart from a single event, the merging of two neutron stars.
Scientists have detected a cataclysimic star collision using both gravitational waves and light. The discovery is being hailed as a new dawn for astronomy. Thousands of astronomers were involved, using more than 70 telescopes around (and above) the world. The discovery confirms theories about the speed of light, how gold is created and the origins of gamma ray bursts.
Great talk by Jeff Cooke about #GW170817 and its electromagnetic counterpart. Also mentioned the ongoing Faster Wider Deeper survey programme that amateurs can volunteer for. pic.twitter.com/ga1lUdfQWP— Mount Burnett Obsvy (@MBObservatory) October 27, 2017
IMPORTANT: The event is at Emerald Secondary College, 425 Belgrave-Gembrook Rd, Emerald VIC 3782 and we will be meeting at 7:30pm for an 8pm start!