The Universe is waiting to be discovered From special global events using dozens of telescopes to daily monitoring of the radio sky in Australia, SciVR will take you on the hunt for things that go boom!
We’ll explore the origins of mysterious and energetic phenomena, tracking events as they occur. Dr Rebecca Allen and A/Prof Alan Duffy share research using Australian facilities, like the CSIRO Parkes telescope, to reveal more about the nature of these extreme and transiting objects. Through the immersive medium of VR and guidance of Alan and Rebecca, people participate in the streamed event and have access to the presenters for in-depth Q&A using #AskSciVR.
Watch our website for headset pickup locations and headset lottery to win your own mini VR headset to attach to your smartphone.
Thee 30 hubs that have been confirmed for headset distribution:
ACT – ANU Canberra
NSW –Eastwood, Gladesville, Gundagai, North Ryde, Port Macquarie Astronomical Observatory, Port Macquarie Library, Science Space Wollongong, West Ryde
NT – Alice Springs
QLD – Bundaberg
SA –City of Port Adelaide Enfield Libraries, Naracoorte, Playford Civic Centre Library, Stretton Centre Library, Stirling / Adelaide Hills Council libraries
VIC – Ballaarat Astronomical Society / Ballarat Municipal Observatory and Museum, Mount Burnett Observatory, Discovery Science and Technology Centre Bendigo, twistED science Echuca, Frankston, Stawell, Thomastown
WA – Gravity Discovery Centre GDC, UWA Perth, Denmark, Jurien Bay, Kondinin, Wickepin
We will have Auslan interpreting, as well as a separate talk aimed at children who want to learn about space. We acknowledge Indigenous astronomy and help audiences appreciate the discoveries our ancestors made over thousands of years.
This program is supported by the ARC Centre of Excellence for Gravitational Wave Discovery (OzGrav), and Swinburne University of Technology.