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Pawsey Fridays – Catching “Shooting Stars”

February 3, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Special guests from the Desert Fireball Network

The next Pawsey Friday will take place on Friday 03 February 2017, from 3pm at the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre.

The afternoon will give you the opportunity to network and get to know both staff and users in a relaxed and informal setting, while finding out more about researchers’ experiences with Pawsey systems and their outcomes.

This Pawsey Friday our special guest is The Desert Fireball Network from Curtin University.

The Desert Fireball Network (DFN) are researchers who use innovative methodology and supercomputing to track fireballs as they shoot across the Australian desert night sky. The project is led by Professor Phil Bland, ARC Laureate Fellow from Curtin University’s Faculty of Science and Engineering.

The DFN project uses cameras to capture the falling meteorites. Using the world-class infrastructure at Pawsey Supercomputing Centre, the DFN team stores vast amounts of data and models the behaviour of the meteoroids travelling at hypersonic speeds in the atmosphere. The research team can then calculate where a meteorite falls to retrieve, analyse, and trace it back to the parent body in the solar system from where it came.

This is your opportunity to come and find out about their experience catching “shooting stars”.

It will be followed by a brief presentation from David Schibeci about Pawsey presence at SC16, the international supercomputing event that took place in Salt Lake City late last year.

A sundowner session will also take place where a selection of drinks and snacks will be available.

Please RSVP for catering purposes.

Should you have any questions regarding the event, please contact

More information can be found on the Events Calendar on the Pawsey website.


February 3, 2017
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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