Professor Ekers speaks on Quasars

“On March 16th, 50 years ago, a joint effort between Australia and the USA led to the discovery of Quasars and fundamentally shifted our thinking about the Universe. This is a fascinating story of scientific debate, monumental leaps in knowledge, and global cooperation.

Professor Ron Ekers speaks about what we’ve learned over the past 50 years of peering into space and where we might go next with telescopes such as the Square Kilometre Array.

Professor Ekers has worked with some of the world’s most renowned astronomers at some of the top University’s and Observatories including Cal Tech and the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in New Mexico.

He was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, a Foreign Member of the Royal Dutch Academy of Science, a Foreign Member of the American Philosophical Society and a Fellow of the Royal Society. He’s a past President of the International Astronomical Union (IAU) and a member of the Advisory Board for the Peter Gruber Foundation Cosmology Prize.”

New exhibits

We are very excited to let you know that we have had quite a number of new exhibits installed in recent months. All of them will be ready to use in the next week or so. We now have a Mars Rover Exhibit! This amazing exhibit allows you to drive a remote control Rover (like Curiosity) across a Mars landscape using an ipad. The tricky part is that just like the actual Mars Rover, you have to navigate using a camera, while your friends can watch the actual Mars scape. Test your skills !

We also have a NASA space capsule which allows you to spin around at great speed and experience G Forces….  hopefully without too much vomiting :)

Our 9 meter Radio Telescope will be ready soon and you will be able to “drive” it from its control room. Come see us and listen to the Universe.

There is a great new exhibition called “The Big Think” in the Cosmology Gallery. The exhibition is by artist Greg Sugden and shows a collection of black and white prints telling the story of the Big Bang and the birth of our Universe. Beautiful!

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National Science Week

]nswk_2012_stacked_reverse_smallThe GDC, in partnership with Gingin Observatory and Energising SEA hosted their National Science  event on Sunday 12th August 2012.

A large crowd braved the rain to join in the fun activities. Spirits were not dampened as Wanneroo Mayor, Tracey Roberts, opened the event .  Unfortunately, the planned  solar outdoor activities which included cooking, viewing and car racing were cancelled.  Visitors enjoyed indoor activities and rocket launching.

Special thanks to Get Green Solar, Toyota and phd Student Daniel Clarke for their support on the day.



This Inspiring Australia initiative is supported by the Australian Government as part of National Science Week.  Please visit for further information.

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