Prof. Lisa Harvey-Smith

Astronomer, Author, Speaker & TV Presenter

Book: When Galaxies Collide

You'll never look up at the night sky in the same way

Why is the Milky Way blue? Why isn't a black hole dark? How many stars can you see with your naked eye?* How much hotter are blue stars than red ones?**

Humans are the only known astronomers in the universe. When we look up at the night sky, we are linked to our ancestors. Away from city lights, we can see what generations of people before us have wondered at and weaved stories around.

But all that will change. The Andromeda Galaxy is rushing towards us at 400,000 kilometres an hour.

When Galaxies Collide will guide you to look at the night sky afresh. It peers 5.86 billion years into the future to consider the fate of Earth and its inhabitants. Will the solution be to live in space without a planet to call home? Will one of the other 100 billion planets spawn life?

Learn how to watch this space.

* 9,000 in total, but only 4,500 from any given point on Earth.

**38,000 degrees vs 3,000.

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Paperbacks, including signed copies and e-book editions are available now at the Melbourne University Publishing website. 

Lisa will be carrying out a number of public talks and signing to launch the book - see the event calendar below for details as dates are announced.



Professor Lisa Harvey-Smith is an award-winning astrophysicist with a talent for making the secrets of the universe accessible to all. She has spent the past 15 years conducting fundamental astrophysics research at universities and research institutes across the world and publishing her findings in prestigious research journals. Lisa is a presenter of the popular ABC television show Stargazing Live, author of When Galaxies Collide and a formidable speaker. She has performed in sold-out theatres across Australia with science superstar Neil deGrasse Tyson and Apollo Moon walking astronauts Buzz Aldrin, Gene Cernan and Charlie Duke. 


In May 2018 Lisa hosted the Australian tour of a spectacular live event featuring the documentary Mission Control: The Unsung Heroes of Apollo including a live Q&A with Apollo 16 moon walker Charlie Duke and NASA Mission Control Flight Director Gerry Griffin.

Lisa presented ABC's Stargazing Live with Brian Cox, Julia Zemiro, Kumi Taguchi and Greg Quicke on May 22, 23 and 24 on ABC television. 

Prof. Harvey-Smith's book: When Galaxies Collide, launched on July 30 2018. Speaking events include TEDx Melbourne and a keynote at Sydney Science Festival. For details of all Lisa's live events, see the event calendar below.

Astronomy Distance Learning Course

Are you an amateur astronomer or just fascinated by the night sky? Challenge yourself and learn new skills by taking part in a unique astronomy research course. Use data from professional telescopes to research the physical properties of our Galaxy. No equipment is needed except a computer with access to the internet. You can start and finish your course whenever you choose, so you have the freedom to study at your own pace. Enter the online store for further details.


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