Meet Young Australian of the Year 1999, Bryan Gaensler

Astronomer, former Guide at Sydney Observatory and Young Australian of the Year 1999

"I first got interested in astronomy by looking at the planets and constellations through a small telescope. During the time I worked at the Observatory, the thing I enjoyed most was showing other people the same things that got me into astronomy all those years ago."

"My main job as an astronomer today is to make observations of distant objects and then to use these observations to understand more about how the universe works. In particular, my goals are to understand the huge explosions produced when stars die, and to study the collapsed cinders left behind. To make my measurements and observations, I use telescopes in Parkes and Narrabri, in Chile and in the USA, and even telescopes up in space."
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