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Karlie Noon has been appointed the Sydney Observatory's first astronomy ambassador. Canberra, August 20, 2020. Photo: Rhett Wyman/SMH

Sydney Observatory Astronomy Ambassador

Indigenous Astrophysicist Karlie Noon is Sydney Observatory’s first Astronomy Ambassador.

Sydney Observatory has long been a science communication training ground for many early career scientists. Building on this tradition, the Astronomy Ambassador is a unique opportunity for an early career researcher in Astronomy, Astrophysics and related fields to develop a portfolio of science engagement programs over a six-month period.

Gamilaraay astrophysicist Karlie Noon is passionate about Indigenous astronomical knowledge and was the first Indigenous female to obtain degrees in physics and mathematics. The multiple award-winner was an ACT Young Australian of the Year 2019 finalist and a Eureka Prize Emerging Leader 2019 finalist.

Noon will work with the Observatory to develop a portfolio of science engagement programs. As part of National Science Week and the Sydney Science Trail, on Saturday 22 August, Noon presented her first program, a livestream exploring the planets, stars and highlights of the Southern Sky live from the Sydney Observatory.


Past Events

December Southern Sky Livestream  – Broadcast on 12 December 2020

Karlie recaps some of the major astronomy events of the year and covers the final astronomy events of 2020.

October Southern Sky Livestream  – Broadcast on 24 October 2020 

Karlie spoke to us about the highlights of the Southern Sky. She explored deep space and planets, star clusters and other interstellar objects.

August Southern Sky Livestream – Broadcast on 22 August 2020

A Conversation with our Astronomy Ambassador: we sat down with Karlie to ask her about her inspiring career, research and aspirations for her time at the Observatory. Read more here.

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