Australian Institute of Physics

South Australian Branch

Public lecture

Notice of a
presented by the
Australian Institute of Physics
(SA branch)

Ph: (08) 8201 2093 or (08) 8277 7036 (a.h.) Fax: (08) 8201 2905

Post: AIP-SA secretary, c/o SoCPES, Flinders University, GPO Box 2100, Adelaide SA 5001

at 7:30 pm on Thursday 19th May 2005 in

Union Hall at the University of Adelaide


"Secrets of the Universe"


by Mr David Reneke,

News Editor, Australian Sky and Space Magazine


Where did the universe come from? What are black holes? Will our sun really die? Will we live on Mars? How are stars made? How was the solar system formed? These questions and more will be answered in a new interactive program called 'Secrets Of The Universe'  - a full colour audio-visual program detailing the evolution of the Universe and the history of the space program presented by David Reneke.

Suitable for those with little or no knowledge of astronomy, this enthralling one-hour show is covered in simple, easy to understand terms using a new and exciting PowerPoint presentation David has produced.

Throughout the talk, David will be using the latest, most up to date visual material available from NASA and the Hubble Space Telescope. In a splash of colour you will learn how the universe was created. You will discover the wonder and beauty of stars, star clusters, galaxies, and black holes, and hear about the latest discoveries in astronomy from around the world. With newly released NASA images you'll explore all the planets, moons, comets and asteroids in our solar system. You'll even get to hold a real meteorite, and much more!

David Reneke, one of Australia's most well known and respected astronomers and lecturers, has over 40 years experience in astronomy with links to some of the world's leading astronomical institutions. David is also the news editor for Australia's SKY & SPACE Magazine, he teaches astronomy at college level, is an invited speaker at astronomy conventions throughout Australia, a feature writer for major Australian newspapers, and is currently a science correspondent for ABC and commercial radio speaking on dozens of stations each week across the country on astronomy and space science issues.

Since 2004, David has been touring most of the primary and secondary schools throughout N.S.W. introducing a new interactive astronomy & space education program he's developed called 'Astronomy Outreach'. Designed especially for Australian school students, it gives them a refreshing new look at what's happening in the night sky and gives them practical, hands on experience in the use of modern telescopes.

Associated Free Teachers' Workshop

Pictures from the lecture:

Wade Shiell makes a presentation to David Reneke on behalf of SPACED.
Waiting for the camera to focus!