Dark Skies and the Science of Light



Sat 05 May 2018, 06:00 pm


Sat 05 May 2018, 09:00 pm


Carterton Events Centre
50 Holloway St


Community, Education, Arts Culture, Technology Science

Listed By:

Space & Science Festival

Hosted by the Space & Science Festival

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After inspiring more than 10,000 people in Wellington over the last two years, the “Space & Science Festival” is coming to the Wairarapa. 

Space & Science Festival is a not-for-profit charity with the primary focus on making STEM accessible to all. This is just one of four events happening during May and is set to be a highlight of the event calendar. 

The evening will consist of a series of adult science talks that have been organised in collaboration with the Martinborough Dark Sky Society which aims to create an International Dark Sky Reserve in the Wairarapa.

We’re excited to have expert guest speakers from both Victoria University and Auckland University, plus a special International guest speaker - DrJohn Barentine from the International Dark Sky Association in Tuscon, Arizona. 

The programme will include:

Dr Brendan Darby from Victoria University of Wellington will demystify the colour temperature of light.

Dr Guy Warman from Auckland University will talk about circadian rhythms.

Ellery McNaughton from Auckland University will talk about her PhD research on light pollution in New Zealand.

Dr John Barentine from the International Dark Sky Association will talk about the associations work to protect our natural night time environment world-wide, highlighting successes in New Zealand.

Stephen Chadwick's exhibition of Astrophotography work, entitled 'A journey through the Cosmos', will be a visual reminder of the immense beauty of our night skies. 

Tickets are only available from the Space & Science Festival website and have been kept to a very modest $10 per person thanks to support for international travel from the US Embassy. Ticket sales will support the Space & Science Festival.

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