June Monthly Meeting

When: Wednesday 5th of June at 7.30 pm

Where: Space Place, Carter Observatory, 40 Salamanca Rd, Kelburn.


This month’s meeting will contain the following:
1. Night sky in June
2. Astronomy News
3. Main talk at 8:00 pm

Universe changed picture

The Day the Universe Changed – Antony Gomez

A hundred years ago, observations made during a Solar Eclipse on the 29th May 1919 changed the way we looked at the Universe. It provided the first observational proof of a new theory of gravity and made Einstein a household name. This theory, called General Relativity (GR), solved the anomalous precession in the orbit of Mercury, predicted the bending, stretching of light and the slowing down of time around massive objects. It led to the prediction of black holes and we saw the first ever image of a super-massive black hole in April this year. GR predicted the compressing and expanding of space and time in travelling waves which again were detected for the first time in 2015 from a merger of two black holes, which normally we would not be able to see, opening a new era in Astronomy.

Antony is the President of the Wellington Astronomical Society. As a child he looked up at the stars but it wasn’t till 2000 that he had his first look through a telescope. Now he is passionate about promoting Astronomy through public outreach and education, showing others the wonders of the night sky. He has a keen interest in the physical sciences, especially in quantum physics and cosmology, which looks at the birth of the Universe and its ultimate fate. As a past scientist working in climate change, he has spent a short time in Antarctica, visited the Keck and other big telescopes on the top of Mauna Kea, Hawaii.

This presentation is part of our celebration of International Astronomical Union Centenary Celebrations https://www.iau-100.org/sobral-eclipse-centennary