Upcoming Events

Aug 02, 2020

Alice Gorman - The archaeology of our solar system

In over 60 years of space exploration, humanity has left objects and traces strewn from Earth orbit to interstellar space. They form an archaeological record that we can interrogate for what it tells us about human engagement with space beyond Earth. These spacecraft and places – such as the Apollo 11 landing site on the Moon – are also our cultural heritage. Taking a heritage perspective means seeing 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 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. She is an Associate Professor at Flinders University in Adelaide and a heritage consultant with over 25 years’ experience working with Indigenous communities in Australia. In collaboration with NASA and Chapman University, she is conducting the first archaeological study of the International Space Station. She is a mentor in the UN Office of Outer Space Affairs Space4Women Mentor Network. Her book Dr Space Junk vs the Universe: Archaeology and the Future (MIT Press, 2019) won the NIB Literary Award People’s Choice for Non-Fiction and the John Mulvaney Book Award. She tweets as @drspacejunk and blogs at Space Age Archaeology.

Date: Monday 3 August

Time: 6:30pm (join in via Zoom at 6:20pm)

How: Members will be emailed a Zoom link prior.

Non-members can attend. Please email sydneycityskywatchers@gmail.com at least 24 hours prior. Your Zoom profile must show your name when you are admitted by the host. After the event we hope you will be keen to become a member so you can access future events and, when Covid-19 conditions permit, telescope viewing. 

Jul 05, 2020

Live astro-broadcasting: staying connected in isolation

A Zoom presentation by Geoff Wyatt

Join Geoff Wyatt, a lifelong astronomy buff, as he explains how he broadcasts live astronomy over social media platforms to audiences of up to 60,000. This will feature live images from the telescope if weather permits but in the event of cloud it will revert to a step by step guide with some recent recorded examples and perhaps an image or two from a recent aurora chasing trip to Iceland. This is a great way to learn more and share the isolation via live astro-broadcasting

Geoff Wyatt has twice been awarded the prestigious David Malin Medal for astro-imaging and he has been featured on television, radio and via the newsmedia to comment about astronomical events. He is a much sought after educator and is currently the Senior Science Educator for the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences. He has travelled widely seeking astronomical phenomenon and has a passion for technology and car racing. 

Date: Monday 6 July

Time: 6:30pm

How to join-in: 

This event is via an exclusive Zoom link which is sent to Sydney City Skywatcher members. If you would like to join but are not yet a member please email our secretary : sydneycityskywatchers@gmail.com at least 2 days prior.


May 31, 2020

Journey of Metals Through the Cosmic Web

Dr Anshu Gupta presents her research via Zoom

In her presentation about Journey of Metals Through the Cosmic Web Dr Anshu Gupta will  focus on how galaxies evolve in conjunction with their chemical evolution in this Zoom presentation to Members.


Dr Anshu Gupta is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of New South Wales, Sydney. Her main focus is to understand how the local environment shapes galaxies as we see them today, from clouds of gas to galaxies like our Milky Way. She combine observations from the largest ground based telescope with the state-of-the-art cosmological simulations to estimate if galaxies living in dense galaxy clusters produce metals faster than galaxies living in isolation.

How do I join in?: An email will be sent to members with a link to the meeting 1 week prior to the event. If you are not a member and want to join this event consider becoming a member and/or email our secretary: sydneycityskywatchers@gmail.com

Date: Monday 1 June 

Time: 6:30pm sharp

Please log onto Zoom 10 minutes prior, mute your microphone.

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