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About This Event

Monday, 14 February 2022, 7pm–8pm

Mackenzie Community Centre, Fairlie  View map

Please note: A vaccination pass and mask are required to attend this event. 

What happens when the densest objects in the universe collide at half the speed of light? It starts with a stretch or a wobble in the fabric of spacetime, and sometimes ends in cosmic explosions that create some of the rarest and shiniest elements in the universe!

This year’s Beatrice Hill Tinsley Lecture series will be at the Mackenzie Community Centre in Fairlie, and presented by Dr Héloïse F. Stevance who is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Auckland. Héloïse is from France but went to university in England before coming to New Zealand in 2019. She is one of a growing group of science communicators who explain their science in ways the general public can understand. Héloïse’s 45 minute ‘lecture’ will combine cutting edge science and wacky humour to make the mysteries of merging black holes and neutron stars accessible to all ages and backgrounds.

The Beatrice Hill Tinsley Lecture Tour Series is organised by the Royal Astronomical Society of New Zealand, honouring the life of New Zealand Astronomer Beatrice Hill Tinsley, who discovered (along with many other things) that galaxies are both changing and interacting with one another, proving that the universe is still evolving. Beatrice was celebrated for her work as a synthesiser, the bringing together of apparently unrelated and individual strands of knowledge and theory, to help create a whole. This Fairlie lecture is hosted by the Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve.

COVID-19 Restrictions and Bookings:
This lecture will be restricted to 70 people in the audience. A vaccination pass and mask is required for entry.

Please email to book a place at the lecture.
Tickets are: Adults $10. Teens $5. Family $25.

Image credit: Elise Manahan