Powerhouse Museum

When Galaxies Collide: Keynote Presentation by Dr Lisa Harvey-Smith

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“A fascinating and inspiring tour of the galaxies, illuminated by vivid and often humorous accounts of the day-to-day life of an astronomer.” Dr Brian Cox, astrophysicist and TV presenter on Lisa’s new book When Galaxies Collide.

In this lively and engaging talk, Lisa describes how a future collision between our own galaxy, the Milky Way, and its nearest neighbour will bring dramatic changes to our night sky – including radiant bursts of star formation, coalescence of supermassive black holes and the ignition of dragon-like jets of gas that tear through space at almost the speed of light. But don’t worry – it’s not going to happen for at least 3.8 billion years!
Professor Lisa Harvey-Smith is a multi-award winning astronomer, science communicator and television presenter best known for ABC’s popular science series Stargazing Live. Lisa is a master at presenting complex subject-matter in a relaxed and humorous way. This talk is suitable for all ages.

When Galaxies Collide by Lisa Harvey-Smith is published by Melbourne University Publishing, released July 31, 2018


6–6.30pm: Book signing and cash bar

6.30–8pm: Keynote presentation in Powerhouse Theatre