A science lesson that was out of this world

Oberon High School's Stage 5 science class has heard from Dr Brad Tucker, an astrophysicist and cosmologist who works at the Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Mount Stromlo Observatory and Australian National University.

Talking with the students about space objects, space mining and other areas of research, he inspired the students in their thinking about the universe.

At the end of the talk, students nominated these facts as things which amazed them:

  • Satellites can be as small as a 50c piece, but are more commonly the size of a loaf of bread.
  • The moon is slowly drifting away from Earth (about 4cm per year) and this will likely cause our day length to extend past 24 hours.
  • Time travel and teleportation are possible.
  • Mining ice from the moon can fuel space trips.
  • About 50 stars explode every second.

The class would like to thank Dr Tucker, and the SISP (STEM Industry School Partnerships) program for organising this opportunity.