As we’ve done in previous years, the team is going to be posting regularly in the lead up toTEDxCanberra 2012 so that you, our community, can get to know us a little better. By now, you’re seen Steve’s pick – Peter Van Uhm’s Why I chose a gun, Brooke’s pick – Brené Brown’s The power of vulnerability and Dale’s pick – Sarah Williams’ Mapping the psychological city.
I love robots and was sorely tempted to post about Ken Goldberg’s 4 lessons from robots about being human but after being awed by a recent star gazing event where I got to see the rings of Jupiter for the first time, I’ve picked an interesting talk that asks, how often do you look up and see the true beauty of our night skies?
Lucianne Walkowicz is an astronomer who works on NASA’s Kepler mission, studying starspots and “the tempestuous tantrums of stellar flares”. In this talk, she shows how light pollution is ruining the extraordinary – and often ignored – experience of seeing directly into space. Light pollution also results in wasted energy consumption.
For those that can’t look up, or even if you’re just interested in the beauty of space, Lucianne talks about how we can participate in the scientific discovery process through citizen science projects, such as Galaxy Zoo and Planet Hunters.
We live in an amazing universe. Enjoy!