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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.

Upcoming Events

October Southern Sky Livestream: Saturday 24 October, 8-9pm

FREE on the Sydney Observatory Facebook page. No registration necessary.

Past Events

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.

August Southern Sky Livestream – Broadcast on 22 August 2020