Sydney Observatory Astronomy Ambassador Kat Ross, Gomeroi Astrophysicist Karlie Noon and Sydney Observatory curator Andrew Jacob answer questions and guide us through the movements of the lunar eclipse, the science of the moon and indigenous astronomy.
Karlie Alinta Noon is a Gomeroi astronomer and science communicator who promotes Indigenous astronomical knowledge systems and advocates for women in STEM. She was the first Indigenous female to obtain degrees in physics and mathematics and is currently completing a PhD at the Australian National University looking at the centre of the Milky Way galaxy. Noon was an ACT Young Australian of the Year finalist and a Eureka Prize Emerging Leader finalists in 2019, as well as the first Astronomy Ambassador at the Sydney Observatory. She presents the popular ABC podcast Cosmic Vertigo.
Dr Andrew Jacob is a Curator and Astronomer at MAAS – Sydney Observatory. Appointed in 2015, he cares for the Astronomy, Space and Sydney Observatory collections. He curated the exhibition for the Observatory’s East Dome (2015), was local curator for ‘Collider’ at the Powerhouse museum in 2016 and curates the annual ‘Winning Sky Photos: David Malin Awards’ exhibition. Andrew guided tours at Sydney Observatory for over twenty years – and still keeps his hand in. He is regularly seen and heard on TV and radio when astronomical events catch the public’s attention.
Kat Ross is a Ph.D. candidate at Curtin University, Perth, studying ‘baby’ black holes, galaxy evolution and the history of the Universe. A dedicated campaigner for women in STEM, Ross launched the #IncludeHer campaign after discovering NSW students in Year 11 and 12 Science were being taught the work of only two female scientists in comparison to 80 male scientists. Now a national movement, #IncludeHer aims to address this imbalance in the Australian curriculum to include a more diverse representation of scientists. Advocacy for women in STEM will be a focus of Ross’ ambassadorship with Sydney Observatory.