Episode 5: laser engineer, geophysicist, teacher, and pilot Dr Zara Dennis

Zara Dennis has lived a hugely-varied life, and she’s only just getting started. In 2016, Zara combined her passions for science, flying, and teaching, and created a new educational outreach programme known as SciFly. Zara flies to rural schools throughout Australia, spreading the joy that is STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics).

SciFly’s website can be found at www.sciflystemoutreach.com.au

Check out the Southern Hemisphere Aurora Group on Facebook if you are interested in the Aurora Australis.

If you would like to make any suggestions for future episodes of the podcast, or any constructive criticism, please send Dave an email.

Special thanks to Andrew Klapton for providing the fantastic photograph of the Aurora Australis taken from a cemetery; with Andrew’s permission, we are now using this photograph as the podcast’s cover image. Thanks, Andrew!

The Aurora Underground podcast artwork. Photograph by Andrew Klapton.
The Aurora Underground podcast artwork. Photograph by Andrew Klapton.

Episode 4: ROCKET LAUNCH ALERT

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 will be launching the JCSAT-16 mission into orbit on Sunday. Please see www.spacex.com/webcast to watch the launch and rocket landing live.

Episode 3: engineering, programming, and aurora forecasting with Carl Gruber

 

Carl Gruber is a mechanical engineer-turned-programmer and aurora forecaster. Ian Musgrave takes up his new role as our “astrono-porter” (astronomy reporter) and fills us in on what’s happening in the night sky for the rest of August, 2016.

Please see www.auroraaustralis.space for forecasting workshop tickets and to join the Southern Hemisphere Aurora Group on Facebook.

If you would like to make any suggestions for future episodes of the podcast, or any constructive criticism, please send Dave an email.

Episode 2: A Conversation With Aaron Stanley

Aaron Stanley is an aircraft mechanic-turned-meteorologist and aurora photographer. He’s currently living at Davis Station, Antarctica, supporting the Bureau of Meteorology’s Upper Air Programme.

His website (with awesome aurora photographs!) can be viewed here.

David Hunter will be running Aurora Australis forecasting and introductory photography workshops on 27th and 28th August. These will be the first in a series of such workshops that will be held throughout the nation over the coming months. Further details and ticket sales will be available via our website by the 20th July.

David was interviewed for the Astrophiz Podcast earlier today. The interview will be posted at some point during the week commencing 20th July (all going to plan). You can check out the Astrophiz Podcast at their website.

Finally, some more exciting news. We have established a new Facebook group specifically for those interested in receiving David’s aurora predictions (and general aurora chat and networking). It’s called the ‘Southern Hemisphere Aurora Group’ and can be found here.

 

Facebook groups that may be of interest:

Episode 1: Introduction to The Aurora Underground podcast

This is the first episode of our new podcast!

In this episode, Dave the grave Hunter discusses his work at Hunter Geophysics, his plans for the podcast, and provides two announcements:

  1. The Cemetery at Badgery’s Creek, west of Sydney in New South Wales, is being relocated. If you have family interred at the cemetery, please call 1800 038 160 by this Tuesday (6th April 2016).
  2. Many listeners will know Margaret Sonnemann, the creator of the popular Aurora Australis Tasmania group on Facebook. After overcoming a terminal illness last year, Margaret is now hoping to get her life back on-track and is raising funds to pay for her to attend the Angel Academy of Art in Florence, Italy. Margaret has set up a Pozible.com fundraiser and she would be most grateful for any donation you can manage. Please click here to hear Margaret’s story and make a donation.
If you would like to make any suggestions for future episodes of the podcast, or any constructive criticism, please send Dave an email.