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Weird space with Professor Fred Watson Years 4-8 (Stage 2, Stage 3, Stage 4)

On Demand

This webinar was recorded live on 18 November 2021 and is now available to view anytime via YouTube. A link to the webinar recording will be sent after you book your place. Suitable for learners in Years 4 to 8.

Upper Primary and lower High school students, join us online to meet a living legend, Professor Fred Watson, appointed by the Australian Government as our first Astronomer-at-large. He will take us on a journey from the basics of stargazing from home to understanding the structure of the Universe. He will explain how unique our Solar System is and what makes Earth a special place that needs our care. Professor Watson will also explore many fascinating questions: what is a star and are there really more stars than grains of sand on all the beaches? Who counted them and how do we know? What is the strangest object in space, and can we be spaghettified?


BROUGHT TO YOU BY: The Powerhouse Museum


Professor Fred Watson was Astronomer-in-Charge at the Australian Astronomical Observatory in Coonabarabran, NSW, from 1995 to 2015. In 2018, the Australian Government appointed him as Australia’s first Astronomer-at-large, a role in which he works closely with state and Federal government scientists and communicators.
Fred has adjunct professorships at Sydney University, the University of Western Sydney, University of New South Wales, Macquarie University, the University of Southern Queensland, and the University of Wollongong.
Fred has an asteroid named after him (5691 Fredwatson) by the international Astronomical Union.

Event Details

Event Type

On Demand - Unlimited

Delivery Platform

Youtube Recording


50 Minutes




Primary, Secondary

Syllabus Outcomes

ST2-10ES-S, ST2-1WS-S, ST3-10ES-S, ST3-1WS-S, SC4-12ES

Main KLA, Strand, Sub Strand

Science and Tech » Working Scientifically and Design and Production » Earth and Space

Other KLAs

Science and Tech » Earth and Space 7-10


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This webinar was recorded live on 18 November 2021 and is now available to view anytime via a YouTube recording. A link to the webinar recording will be sent to the email you have registered with.

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Website: www.maas.museum

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