Online conference: Galaxies and stars

Today, Thursday 19th August, we have had the 3rd online #scicomm event that SRAP-IEAP is organising in collaboration with the Instituto Cervantes de Sídney for Australia’s National Science Week 2021.

In this case it was a trip to the Universe! The host was our member, the astrophysicist and science communicator Dr. Ángel R. López-Sánchez (Australian Astronomical Optics, Macquarie University) who took us to visit the planets of the Solar System, star clusters and nebulae in our Milky Way, and near and distant galaxies, to understand the deep connection that we have with the Cosmos and how unique our Planet Earth is.

The full video of the online talk is available on the YouTube channel of the Instituto Cervantes de Sídney.

However, Ángel had some few surprises for us. As he is both a professional astrophysicist and an amateur astronomer he prepared his telescope in the backyard and he shared with the audience live views of the Moon and the Lagoon Nebula as they were taken live with the telescope.

Ángel López-Sánchez with his telescope showing the night sky during the online event.

The Moon as it was taken live during the online event.

A short 10 seconds exposure of the Lagoon Nebula showing the glowing gas (hydrogen-alpha emission) taken live during the online event.

Everyone enjoyed the event and the beautiful presentation that Ángel gave, that was followed by a Q&A session with a very engaging virtual audience.


About Angel.Lopez-Sanchez

A/Prof Ángel R. López-Sánchez is an astrophysicist and science communicator working at the School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences, Macquarie University (MQ). He is a recognised expert in the study of how the gas is converted into stars in galaxies and how this affects galaxy evolution. He graduated in Theoretical Physics at the University of Granada (2000) and completed his PhD Thesis in Astrophysics at the prestigious “Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias” (IAC, Spain) and the University of La Laguna (Spain) in 2006. He moved to Australia in 2007, joining CSIRO “Astronomy and Space Science” to perform radio-interferometric observations of gas-rich galaxies at the Australian Telescope Compact Array. In 2011 he joined the Australian Astronomical Observatory and Macquarie University combining instrumentation support, research, lecturing, and outreach. He was appointed as a full-time research academic at the School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences at Macquarie University in May 2023. He is the president of the association of Spanish Researchers in Australia-Pacific (SRAP), the vice-president of the Astronomical Association of Córdoba (AAC, Spain), representative in the Andalusian Astronomy Network (RAdA), and member of the International Astronomical Union (IAU), the Spanish Astronomy Society (SEA), and the Australian Astronomy Society (ASA). He is a globally-recognised science communicator, with visibility in Spanish and Australian printed, broadcast, and social media. He is also a passionate amateur astronomer that uses his own equipment for capturing the beauty of the Cosmos. His stunning astronomy time-lapse videos and photos have received +1/2 million views in YouTube and have been seen in TV channels in USA, Australia and Spain, science museums worldwide, and textbooks.