Burbidge Dinner 2018

Saturday 29 Sep, 2018 at 19:00Hrs
Venue: Ellerslie Events Centre
Speaker: Emily Lakdawalla, The Planetary Society

Emily Lakdawalla

Tickets are now available for the 2018 Burbidge Dinner.

Early Bird tickets purchased prior to the end of August will cost $60 per person (members) and after that $65 per person. Non-members rates are $65 and $70, respectively.

The venue will be the Ellerslie Events Center. We will be announcing the results of the Harry Williams Astrophotography competition and the awards for the Beaumont Prize for the best member-submitted article to the AAS journal.

The after dinner lecture will be given by the Planetary Society Senior Editor, Emily Lakdawalla.

The Golden Age of the Solar System: Whats Up in Space

Many people think of the glory days of space exploration as being in the past, culminating in Apollo, but we are living in the golden age of planetary exploration right now. Twenty-odd robots are exploring worlds big and small throughout the solar system. Emily will show highlights of current space exploration activities, feature lots of amazing pictures, and explain how you can follow along with these missions every day.

Emily Lakdawalla is an internationally admired science communicator and educator, passionate about advancing public understanding of space and sharing the wonder of scientific discovery. Emily came to The Planetary Society in 2001 to oversee a portion of the Societys Red Rover Goes to Mars project, an education and public outreach program on the Mars Exploration Rover mission funded by LEGO. She ran worldwide contests that selected and trained high school students to travel to Pasadena to participate in rover operations training exercises in 2002 and then in actual Mars Exploration Rover mission operations during January and February of 2005.

She was awarded the 2011 Jonathan Eberhart Planetary Sciences Journalism Award from the Division for Planetary Sciences of the American Astronomical Society for her blog entry about the Phoebe ring of Saturn. Asteroid 274860 was formally named "Emilylakdawalla" by the International Astronomical Union on July 12, 2014. She received an honorary doctorate from The Open University in 2017 in recognition of her contributions in communicating space science to the public.

Tickets can be purchased by sending an email to events@astronomy.org.nz or by contacting Niven on 021 935261 or Bill on 021 225 8175.
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