Adelaide Festival of Ideas: Why the cosmos will get you in the end
Through triumphs and tragedies of human history, the stars have shone unchanging and aloof.
Or so we thought.
The modern take on astronomy views the Universe as dynamic and evolving. Stars streak across the sky at high speeds, disappear and re-appear, and sometimes even catastrophically explode. What’s more, the cosmos is not some distant canvas that we watch as detached observers, but is a violent and dangerous beast that has the power to wipe out all life on Earth with almost no warning. Bryan Gaensler entertained and informed a packed Auditorium at the Science Exchange. He talked about how astronomers are still only beginning to appreciate the true scope of the dramatic forces that drive the Universe’s evolution.
A part of the Adelaide Festival of Ideas
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