Professor Lisa Harvey-Smith
Astronomer, Author & Broadcaster,
Australian Government Women in STEM Ambassador
For those whose curiosity takes them far beyond Earth's atmosphere, The Secret Life of Stars offers a personal and readily understood introduction to some of the Galaxy's most remarkable stars.
Each chapter connects us to the various different and unusual stars and their amazing attributes, from pulsars, blue stragglers and white dwarfs to cannibal stars and explosive supernovae. With illustrations by Eirian Chapman, this book brings to life the remarkable personalities of these stars, reminding readers what a diverse and unpredictable universe we live in and how fortunate we are to live around a stable star, our Sun.
The Secret Life of Stars is aimed at adults and young adults.
'Astrophysics made fun!'
Pam Melroy, former NASA astronaut and space shuttle commander
'The most enjoyable stroll through the cosmos'
Gerry Griffin, former flight director, Apollo Mission Control
Under the Stars: Astrophysics for Bedtime transports curious kids and inquisitive adults on an incredible journey through the night sky. Explore our solar system from the comfort of your cosy bedroom. Find out why the sky is blue. Fly around a black hole and peer inside! Learn why Jupiter has stripes. When astrophysicist Lisa Harvey-Smith isn't looking skyward, she is answering the smart questions of school kids. Her engaging storytelling in this colourfully illustrated book brings the night sky to life, giving amazing new perspectives to young explorers who are always asking, 'Why?'
Under the Stars was long-listed for several national literary awards, including the ABIAs, Booktopia's best Australian book and the Children's Book Council of Australia awards.
Written by Lisa Harvey-Smith and Illustrated by Mel Matthews.
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. A book for adults and young adults.
Personalised copies of the book, signed and inscribed by the author with a message of your choice, are available now.
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'Under the Stars' merchandise is go for launch.
Three cool designs are now available on a range of t-shirts, hoodies, dresses, notebooks, bags, socks, coasters and more. Adult and kids' sizes available, in many colours and designs.
Show the world that you love Pluto with this "Pluto is Loved" t-shirt! It may not be a planet any more but it is still loved by its five faithful moons Charon, Styx, Nix, Kerberos, and Hydra. Two other designs are "Stargazer" and "Black Hole Wrangler" for all you budding astronomers, astronauts and space explorers out there.
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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 15 years conducting astrophysics research at universities and research institutes across the world. She is a member of the advisory group to the Australian Space Agency, a Professor of Practice at UNSW Sydney and the inaugural Australian Government Women in STEM Ambassador. The Ambassador’s role is to increase the participation of women and girls in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) studies and careers by driving cultural and systemic change towards gender equity in STEM.
Lisa toured Australia with her spectacular live event 'When Galaxies Collide', with 10 shows in major venues across the nation. She is a presenter of the popular ABC television show Stargazing Live, author of When Galaxies Collide, Under the Stars: Astrophysics for Bedtime and a formidable keynote speaker. She has performed in sold-out theatres across Australia with Apollo Moon walking astronauts Buzz Aldrin, Gene Cernan and Charlie Duke.
For details of Lisa's upcoming live events, see the event calendar belo
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.