Stargazing Live on the ABC

The ABC is hosting Australian first live event broadcast on April 4, 5 and 6.

Over three consecutive nights, across ABC, ABC2 and ABC iview renowned physicist Professor Brian Cox and presenter Julia Zemiro to inspire the nation to ‘look up’ and appreciate the unique wonders of space and our cosmos. Professor Cox and Julia will be joined by experts including astrophysicist Dr Lisa Harvey-Smith from the CSIRO; astronomer Greg Quicke; Indigenous Australian Michael Anderson; and ‘Citizen Science’ advocate Dr Chris Lintott.  

Broadcasting live from the Siding Spring Observatory, Australia’s premier optical and infrared astronomical observatory, Professor Cox will lead a breathtaking journey through space using state-of-the-art technology and interacting live with viewers.  

Viewers have the opportunity to have their night sky pictures and video featured on the show – by adding the hashtag #StargazingABC to Instagram, or uploading at abc.net.au/stargazing. 

In their own unique style, the pair will tackle some of the most intriguing questions in astronomy, such as what happens if you were sucked into a Black Hole, and do aliens exist? Closer to home, there will also be hints and tips for getting started in stargazing and advice on navigating your way around the skies.

Following each night’s Stargazing Live broadcast on ABC will be Stargazing Live: Back To Earth, a 30-minute special on ABC2 in which viewers can use social media to put questions directly to Professor Cox and Julia and take part in astronomy related discussions and debates live on air.  Audiences will be encouraged to send questions to #CoxQuestions.

In the lead up to Stargazing Live, a comprehensive suite of astronomy-themed content will be showcased across ABC Radio, TV, iview and online.

Stargazing Live 4, 5, 6 April 2017 8.30pm AEST & ABC iview, 8pm SA + NT, 8.30pm AWST
Stargazing Live: Back To Earth 9.30pm AEST on ABC2 & ABC iview, 9pm SA + NT, 9.30pm AWST

Both programs will also be streamed live on both ABC TV Facebook and Youtube channels. 

2013 Ditmar Awards for Australian Science Fiction

This year’s Ditmar Awards winners (Australian Science Fiction awards) were announced at Conflux 9 over the ANZAC Day weekend.

The winners were:

Best Novel – Sea Hearts by Margo Lanagan (Allen & Unwin)

Best Novella or Novelette – “Sky” by Kaaron Warren, in Through Splintered Walls (Twelfth Planet Press)

Best Short Story – “The Wisdom of Ants” by Thoraiya Dyer, in Clarkesworld 75

Best Collected Work – Through Splintered Walls by Kaaron Warren, edited by Alisa Krasnostein (Twelfth Planet Press)

Best Artwork – Cover art by Kathleen Jennings, for Midnight and Moonshine (Ticonderoga Publications)

Best Fan Writer – Tansy Rayner Roberts, for body of work including reviews in Not If You Were The Last Short Story On Earth

Best Fan Artist – Kathleen Jennings, for body of work including “The Dalek Game” and “The Tamsyn Webb Sketchbook”

Best Fan Publication in Any Medium – The Writer and the Critic by Kirstyn McDermott and Ian Mond

Best New Talent – David McDonald

William Atheling Jr Award for Criticism or Review – Tansy Rayner Roberts, for “Historically Authentic Sexism in Fantasy. Let’s Unpack That.”, in tor.com

 Congratulations to all the winners.

Further details on the Ditmar Awards, including a list of all nominees, are here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ditmar_award_results#2013.2C_Conflux_9.2C_Canberra

 

The Ditmar Award (formally the Australian SF ("Ditmar") Award; formerly the "Australian Science Fiction Achievement Award") has been awarded annually since 1969 at the Australian National Science Fiction Convention (the "Natcon") to recognise achievement in Australian science fiction (including fantasy and horror) and science fiction fandom. The award is similar to the Hugo Award but on a national rather than international scale.
They are named for Martin James Ditmar "Dick" Jenssen, an Australian fan and artist, who financially supported the awards at their inception.