Swinburne Lectures

I thought it might be useful to drop this information on the LMRO website for anyone interested in attending a free lecture at Swinburne Hawthorn campus Melbourne on Friday night the 13th February 2015. Note that registration is needed to be assured of a seat.


Planet Formation through Radio Eyes
Where did the Earth come from, and how can we know? How can particles in space no larger than those in smoke come together to make a planet thousands of kilometers wide? Amazingly, radio telescope observations of material surrounding infant stars are starting to show us signs of planet formation in action.

Presenter: David J. Wilner, Associate Director, Radio & Geoastronomy Division Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
Date: Friday 13 February 2015 Time: 6.30pm-7.30pm Venue: Swinburne University, Hawthorn Campus, AMDC building, AMDC301 (Enter via Burwood road entrance to access lifts)


Rob Arrowsmith.

*Just an update on the lecture at Swinburne tonight. David Wilner gave a great talk on Planetary Formation tonight and discussed the processes involved in Interstellar Dust forming into a disk and a Sun forming at the center. By using the ALMA array at Atacama in Chile it has been possible to image HL Tauri and clearly see the planetary rings. Great night. Make sure you catch some of the other free lectures at Swinburne this year.

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Dish Assembly

This is just a short post about our Dish Assembly event on Sunday the 2nd November.

We had seven of us present at LMRO to help assemble our 8.5 meter dish antenna. Clint, Phil, David, Ash, Mitch, Stewart and my humble self. When I arrived the dish was partly together. I remembered the security camera and swung it around to catch some images of the assembly. If you click on the link you'll be able to see the final stages of the erection.

Dish Assembly Sequence

Rob Arrowsmith

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Our Antenna Farm

For the most part, Radio Astronomy is about Antennas. Whether it be Horn, Dish or Multi-element arrays they all allow us to receive in some way or form.

We're developing quite the collection of antenna at LMRO and with the addition of a camera to watch over some of our equipment we now have images of the site on-line. Clint suggested we look at a way to show those camera images and I've just finished a slide-show program to display camera images uploaded to the website.

***Important edit***. The current set of images show some black frames at the start of the sequence of images. We had a thunderstorm come through last week and some frames contained lightning flashes that were caught by the camera.

Rob Arrowsmith.

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