Astronomy night to be held in Campbelltown on July 21

Astrophysicist Dr Ragbir Bhathal. will conduct a search for extra-terosterial life at the Campbelltown Rotary Observatory on July 21. Picture: Chris Lane
Astrophysicist Dr Ragbir Bhathal. will conduct a search for extra-terosterial life at the Campbelltown Rotary Observatory on July 21. Picture: Chris Lane

Are you fascinated by the potential of extra-terrestrial (ET) life?

The search for life in the universe will be highlighted when a free talk and astronomy night will be held in Campbelltown on Saturday, July 21.

The event has been organised by the Western Sydney University (WSU) Campbelltown Rotary Observatory and the Macarthur Astronomical Society.

The talk will be led by astrophysicist and Campbelltown Rotary Observatory director Dr Ragbir Bhathal.

The Campbelltown-based WSU lecturer is an expert in physics, astronomy and extra-terrestrial intelligence.

He has also run the longest dedicated optical search for ET in the southern hemisphere.

Dr Bhathal said the search for life in the universe had intrigued humans for hundreds of years.

”In my way of thinking, it would be unimaginable if there are no other living beings in other parts of the universe where life could have taken place,” he said.

“If there is no other life in the universe, I believe that it would be a lot of wasted space.”

However, Dr Bhathal believed humans were not any closer to communicating with any life forms at the moment.

“The discovery of extra-solar planets gives us great hope that we are on the right track to finding a planet with life on it,” he said 

“Even if we find very simple life forms, it will tell us that we are not unique living specimens in the universe.”

Dr Bhathal encouraged people of all ages to head along to his discussion next Saturday night.

“I think people are curious about the world and whether there are other intelligent civilisations in the universe,” he said.

“This has been a question that has not only intrigued and fascinated people, but also some of the great minds of the scientific enterprise.

“The public will also learn about the latest developments in engineering.”

The talk on Searching for ET will be held at the Lecture Theatre in Building 21 at the Western Sydney University campus in Campbelltown on Saturday from 4pm to 5pm.

The astronomy session will then be held at the Campbelltown Rotary Observatory from 5.30pm to 9pm.

The event will be held at the Campbelltown Rotary Observatory from 4pm to 5pm, and 5.30pm to 9.30pm on Saturday, July 21.

Details: 4736 0834 or r.bhathal@westernsydney.edu.au.

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