A Special Fundraising Event for Port Macquarie Astronomical Observatory with Associate Professor John O’Byrne from Sydney University as special guest speaker for the evening.

Where: Saint Columba Anglican School IONA Centre


When: Saturday 2nd November 2019 6-10PM

Suitable for ages 12 and over

Entry fee: $30 adults and $15 for students - student card required on entry

Have you ever wanted to know about how we detect exoplanets or black holes, and why studying these phenomenon gives us insight into how our universe is evolving?


Come along to hear one of Australia's most recognised astronomers John O'Byrne give an interesting talk about exoplanets, observations of merging black holes and modern astrophotonics instrumentation.

Guests will have the opportunity to view various sky objects with a number of telescopes (weather permitting), and displays of science experiments, models and projects set up by local high school students.

There will be live music entertainment and much more...

Brief Biography of John O’Byrne


Associate Professor John O'Byrne is an astronomer in the Sydney Institute for Astronomy at the University of Sydney, and Secretary of the Astronomical Society of Australia (ASA), the society of professional astronomers in Australia.

He is also an Associate Dean in the Faculty of Science, responsible (but not alone!) for the quality of the student experience across Science.  

His current interests centre on the rapidly expanding field of Astrophotonics - using optical fibres to enhance observations of faint astronomical objects such as distant galaxies.

For complete biography click here 

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