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  • Prof. Lisa Harvey-Smith

    Astronomer, Presenter & Educator


    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, but only half of that from any given point on Earth.

    ? 38,000 degrees vs 3,000.

    Pre-order now for delivery in July 2018!

    Receive a 10% discount when you become a Melbourne University Publishing member

    Tickets Available Now


    Haviland Digital and Live on Stage Australia in association with VISIT HOUSTON present the Australian Screenings of the epic film, ‘Mission Control: The Unsung Heroes of Apollo’, featuring an exclusive Q&A with retired Brigadier General USAF, CAPCOM NASA, Apollo 16 Astronaut and Moon Walker, ‘CHARLIE DUKE’ with Apollo Mission Control Flight Director ‘GERRY GRIFFIN’ who both star in the film together with the filmmakers of Mission Control, LIVE ON STAGE!

    Coming to Melbourne, Canberra, Brisbane, Sydney, Brisbane and Perth in May 2018.

    Hosted by acclaimed Australian Astrophysicist, Professor Lisa Harvey-Smith.

    For details and tickets, scroll down to the 'Events' section at the bottom of this page.



    Professor Lisa Harvey-Smith is an award-winning astronomer with a talent for making the secrets of the universe accessible to all. Lisa is a presenter on  the popular ABC television show Stargazing Live as well as an author, live stage host, speaker and MC with an extensive knowledge of astronomy, space and physics. She has performed in sold-out theatres across Australia with science superstar Neil deGrasse Tyson and Apollo astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Gene Cernan. She has appeared at the World Science Festival, Vivid Ideas, Sydney Mardi Gras and the Sydney Science Festival. Lisa is available for talks and events and is proud to offer a unique astronomy distance learning experience, which is enjoyed by 50 students around the world.


    In May 2018 Lisa will host a national Australian tour of Mission Control: the unsung heroes of Apollo including a live Q&A with Apollo 16 moon walker Charlie Duke and NASA Mission Controller Gerry Griffin. Tickets are available now on Ticketmaster.

    Also in May 22, 23 and 24 catch Lisa presenting ABC's Stargazing Live at 8pm on ABC television.

    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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