Media profile of Swinburne astronomer Dr Alan Duffy with appearences on TV, radio and print speaking on dark matter, dark energy, galaxy formation, indigenous astronomy and alien worlds. He is an experienced public speaker, science communicator and science expert in Melbourne.
I am a passionate believer that any science concept can be explained to any audience in a fun and accessible way. I've tried to prove that's true on topics as diverse as Black Holes to Alien Worlds in more than 90 TV interviews (including fortnightly ABC Breakfast and regular Ten's The Project segments), over 100 radio broadcasts, a column in theconversation, articles for Cosmos Magazine and ABC The Drum, and many more print / online pieces besides. I have a lot of fun asking (and I hope answering!) those questions that the audience at home would be curious about. See my CV for more.
Deeply honoured to be featured alongside everyday Australian legends as Commbank’s Australian of the Day campaign. Fun chatting to them about my work on Dark Matter as well as helping inspire and educate Australians about the awesomeness of science.
I was delighted when three RMIT students asked me to help explain the Aurora (the Northern / Southern lights) with them in this fantastic animation. There's something really engaging about this old school style that more recent digital graphics can miss. But decide for yourself..!
I made it to the panel of ABC's The Drum to chat about finding aliens with the amazing Breakthrough Listen project and the lead role Australia is playing in this endeavour.
The alignment of the setting Sun with Melbourne's Hoddle Grid only occurs twice a year, causing a beautiful sight of the Sun framed by a mile-long corridor of skyscrapers. The astronomy is easy, but where is the best location to view this? Which of the East-West streets (Collins, Bourke, Lonsdale or LaTrobe?) and what intersection as the trams and trees can get in the way... I asked the City of Melbourne to get out and snap photos and post online with their location using the hashag #Melbhenge to crowd-source the answer. Incredibly the request was shared on ABC Melbourne radio, The Age, Broadsheet and finally to a world-wide audience on the BBC. Amazing. Stay tuned for the best location for November 3rd's event as I go through all the incredible photos (like the image I've grabbed from Rachel Dexter on Collins St) from this event.
My regular column in theconversation (as well as appearance on ABC Breakfast News) explored a Thanksgiving meal that was out of this world, as well as the beginning of the end for the Cassini mission (but not without a spectacular final view) and a new fuel-less rocket that set the internet alight might be a misfire after all.
A new rocket that seemingly can create thrust without using fuel to push backwards has just been published. My thoughts in news.com.au were not entirely positive. Simply put this would break Newton's 3rd law, and also translation invariance (or the idea that the laws of physics don't change in one spot to another). If this rocket really doesn't need fuel to create thrust than that would be the end of physics as we know it. Instead my guess is that this is likely just thermal expansion as the microwaves (inside the EM drive) are turned on and heat it.