Dr Nick Tothill is an astrophysicist at Western Sydney University. In this episode we discuss the water on Mars observation, also learn about the life-cycle of stars and the birthplace of the elements that make up our bodies.
This week we visit the eery "Dome Floor" which houses the main telescope at the Western Sydney University Observatory in Werrington, west of Sydney. We had a fascinating talk with Lisa Harvey-Smith who is an astronomer, astrophysicist, science communicator and an athlete. She was also a host on ‘Stargazing’ with Brian Cox and was involved in the ‘Square Kilometre Array’. In this episodes we talk about her journey in sports and science, the challenges faced by women in STEM, Sci-com, and her book: ‘When Galaxies Collide. You can purchase her book from https://goo.gl/XxEmHc
Dr Elaina Hyde is an astronomer/astrophysicist by training and a data scientist by trade. She is also a Google Cloud engineering software instructor and works as a consultant at Servian. In this episode she tells us her journey into astronomy/astrophysics, and how her training led her to a consultancy job in data management. We also learn some cool things about black holes and lives of galaxies, things that science students should consider for the career, and more.
Dr Ain De Horta was involved in SETI (Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence). He has also researched supernovas and the stardust they leave behind. In this episode I got to geek out on some cool physics concepts like how stars live and die, why we know the universe is expanding, and much more.