Lisa Harvey-Smith

Australian Government's Women in STEM Ambassador

Astronomer, Author & Broadcaster 


When Galaxies Collide

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

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.

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Buzz Aldrin and Lisa Harvey-Smith with Ethan, a young astronaut hopeful.

Astronomer and Australian Government Women in STEM Ambassador

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 research journals.  

Lisa was appointed in 2018 as the inaugural Australian Government Women in STEM Ambassador.  This is an Australian Government initiative to support advocacy on gender equity in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).  The Ambassador’s role is to increase the participation of women and girls in STEM studies and careers by engaging with stakeholders across Australia to build visibility and drive cultural and social change for gender equity in STEM. 

Professor Lisa Harvey-Smith with Apollo 16 astronaut Charlie Duke and flight director Gerry Griffin.

Public Understanding of Science

In November 2018 Lisa toured Australia with her spectacular live event 'When Galaxies Collide', with 10 shows in major venues across the nation.  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 Apollo Moon walking astronauts Buzz Aldrin, Gene Cernan and Charlie Duke.  

Her book: When Galaxies Collide, launched on July 30 2018. Recent speaking events include TEDx Melbourne and a keynote at Sydney Science Festival. For details of Lisa's upcoming 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 with Professor Lisa Harvey-Smith. 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 on the course.


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