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Alice Gorman - Archaeology of our Solar System

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Associate Professor Alice Gorman is an internationally recognised leader in the field of space archaeology. Her research focuses on the archaeology and heritage of space exploration, including space junk, planetary landing sites, off-earth mining, space habitats, rocket launch pads and antennas. In this presentation you will discover how this record as far more than just discarded junk. It speaks directly to how we can make sense of our place in the solar system. Dr Gorman is @drspacejunk on twitter and she blogs at Space Age Archaeology. To find out more about this event and Dr Gorman use this link.


Date: Monday 3 August

Time: 6:30pm - enter via Zoom from 6:20pm

Not a member but are keen to join this presentation? Email sydneycityskywatchers@gmail.com, connect and make sure your Zoom profile is your name, after you experience this event you may decide to join us.

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Welcome to Sydney City Skywatchers

Established in 1895, Sydney City Skywatchers carries forward a proud tradition of providing a forum dedicated to amateur astronomers and astronomy enthusiasts in the city. 


We meet at 6:30pm on the first Monday of the Month, usually at Sydney Observatory. Due to Covid-19 we are meeting with presentations and discussion about astronomy using Zoom technology until further notice. 


Typically there are short astronomy reports from members, and then a guest speaker or telescope viewing opportunity. You don't need to have any specialist knowledge, or own a telescope to enjoy, participate in and learn from these sessions but a passion for astronomy is a must! 


Since 1895 our aims to service the amateurs in astronomy have not changed.

Should you wish to visit Sydney Observatory of have a night telescope tour please contact the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS).

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