AAO Vivid Sydney Ideas Event 2016: The Story of Light

Full recording of the event "The Story of Light 2016" organised by the AAO for Vivid Sydney Ideas 2016

Following the success of our sold-out Event “The Story of Light – The Astronomer’s Perspective” for ViVID Sydney Ideas 2015, the Australian Astronomical Observatory (AAO) continues its collaboration with ViVID Sydney 2016 organizing “The Story of Light – Deciphering the data encoded on the cosmic light”. This event was held at the PowerHouse Museum in Sydney on Sunday 29th May 2016. More than 160 people attended this special event, where five young astronomers talked about Astronomy and Big Data: the light and light-based technologies developed in Australian astronomy for both optical and radio telescopes; the tools, platforms, and techniques used for data analysis and visualization; how astronomers create simulation data; how some of these techniques are being used in other research areas; and the major scientific contributions toward our understanding of the Universe. Indeed, astronomers have been pioneers in developing “Data Science” techniques to make sense of this huge data deluge, many of which are now used in other areas.

The five astronomers speaking during our "Sydney Vivid Ideas: The Story of Light" started at the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, 29th May 2016. From left to right: Luke Barnes, Alan Duffy, Vanessa Moss, Liz Mannering and Ángel López-Sánchez. Photo credit: Jenny Ghabache (AAO).

The five astronomers speaking during our "Sydney Vivid Ideas: The Story of Light" started at the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, 29th May 2016. From left to right: Luke Barnes, Alan Duffy, Vanessa Moss, Liz Mannering and Ángel López-Sánchez. Photo credit: Jenny Ghabache (AAO).

Hosted by Alan Duffy (Swinburne University), our speakers talk about optical astronomy, the AAO, surveys, and big data (Ángel López-Sánchez, AAO/MQU), radio astronomy, the ASKAP and big data (Vanessa Moss, Univ of Sydney/CAASTRO), simulating, analysing and visualizing astronomy data (Luke Barnes, Univ. of Sydney) and astronomy data archive, the All-Sky Virtual Observatory (ASVO) and other virtual observatories (Liz Mannering, AAO/ICRAR). After the short talks, the panel welcomed questions from the audience (and even from Twitter using #SoLVividSydney) for a discussion session about Light and Astronomy and the Australian contribution to the improvement of our understanding of the Universe.

The full video of the event is now publicly available in the AAO YouTube channel. Some photos of the event are also compiled here. We thank AAO/ITSO Research Astronomer Caroline Foster for help in recording and editing the video and Jenny Ghabache (AAO) for taking the photos of the event.

The Lecture Theatre few minutes before our "Sydney Vivid Ideas: The Story of Light" started at the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, 29th May 2016. Photo credit: Jenny Ghabache (AAO).

The Lecture Theatre a few minutes before our "Sydney Vivid Ideas: The Story of Light" started at the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, 29th May 2016. Photo credit: Jenny Ghabache (AAO).

Our host, Alan Duffy, introducing the event. Photo credit: Jenny Ghabache (AAO).

Our host, Alan Duffy, introducing the event. Photo credit: Jenny Ghabache (AAO).

AAO/MQU Research Astronomer Ángel R. López-Sánchez talking about optical astronomy, the AAO and big data. Photo credit: Jenny Ghabache (AAO).

AAO/MQU Research Astronomer Ángel R. López-Sánchez talking about optical astronomy, the AAO and big data. Photo credit: Jenny Ghabache (AAO).

Vanessa Moss (Univ. of Sydney/CAASTRO) talking about radioastronomy, the ASKAP and big data. Photo credit: Jenny Ghabache (AAO).

Vanessa Moss (Univ. of Sydney/CAASTRO) talking about radioastronomy, the ASKAP and big data. Photo credit: Jenny Ghabache (AAO).

Luke Barnes (Univ. of Sydney) talking about simulating, analysing and visualizing astronomy data. Photo credit: Jenny Ghabache (AAO).

Luke Barnes (Univ. of Sydney) talking about simulating, analysing and visualizing astronomy data. Photo credit: Jenny Ghabache (AAO).

Liz Mannering (Univ. of Sydney) discussed astronomy data archive, the All-Sky Virtual Observatory (ASVO) and other virtual observatories. Photo credit: Jenny Ghabache (AAO).

Liz Mannering (Univ. of Sydney) discussed astronomy data archive, the All-Sky Virtual Observatory (ASVO) and other virtual observatories. Photo credit: Jenny Ghabache (AAO).

Panel discussion with all participants answering questions from the audience. Photo credit: Jenny Ghabache (AAO).

Panel discussion with all participants answering questions from the audience. Photo credit: Jenny Ghabache (AAO).