Not one, but two events will take off with a scientific 'bang', as special guest Karlie Noon presents awards and shares her story as an indigenous scientist.
Ms Noon is a proud Kamilaroi woman from Tamworth, who is one of the few indigenous Australians to obtain a Bachelor of Mathematics and a Bachelor of Science. She is currently pursuing a Masters of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the Australian National University, with the goal of intertwining her indigenous heritage with her scientific studies.
Both the Tamworth City Library and the Tamworth Regional Gallery will be fortunate enough to host an event featuring the indigenous scientist.
The Library will host Ms Noon between 5-6pm on Friday December 13. She will be sharing her story on the fusion of culture and science, and how she aims to interlace indigenous astronomy into her career.
At 6pm, following the talk at the library, she will move across to the gallery to open to exhibitions 'Wonders of the Night Sky Through Our Eyes' and 'Out of this World'. Ms Noon will also be presenting the awards for the recent astrophotography competition.
Tamworth Regional Gallery and Museums Director, Bridget Guthrie said the 'Wonders of the Night Sky Through Our Eyes' exhibition will showcase the photographic work of amateur observers who took part in council's recent astrophotography competition.
The recent astrophotography competition consisted of six categories; deep space (telescope images), wide-field (camera images), solar system, nightscapes, comets and a junior section. With generous prize money of offer, $250 for each category winner and $1000 for the overall winners, each section was well represented.