[ASA] CAASTRO Uluru Astronomy Weekend 22-24 August 2014

John O'Byrne john.obyrne at sydney.edu.au
Wed Jul 2 15:23:25 AEST 2014

Please circulate this information to all your networks as we are keen to get amateur astronomers along.   You are welcome to attend as well of course.
Thanks, Kate Gunn

Designed for astronomy enthusiasts of all ages, Ayers Rock Resort, in partnership with the ARC Centre of Excellence for All-sky Astrophysics (CAASTRO), plays host to the Uluru Astronomy Weekend 22-24 August 2014. Lead by popular scientific personality and celebrated author Dr Karl Kruszelnicki, along with some of the world's leading experts, this enlightening weekend will include engaging discussions on astro-statistics and the structure of the cosmos, fun family activities and demonstrations, an exciting Galaxy Star Ball and more.
Entry: majority of the Uluru Astronomy Weekend event sessions are FREE Signature Events & Outback Sky Jouneys are paid for events
"The Australian Outback is a haven for stargazers and perhaps one of the best places in the world to explore the galaxies in the night sky. Join me for a spectacular stargazing weekend, listen as we decode the night sky and enjoy the full astrological experience at one of our signature events. If you're familiar with the night sky, you'll have a fantastic opportunity to gain new insights, and if you’re new to studying the cosmos, be inspired with an exciting introduction to the wonders of the universe." ~ Dr Karl Kruszelnicki


Take advantage of the special 2 Night Package at Ayers Rock Resort from $272* per person twin share.
Your stay includes; two nights' accommodation based on a Standard Room at Outback Pioneer Hotel, return Ayers Rock Airport transfers to your hotel, free access to Uluru Astronomy Weekend Events (excludes Signature Events and Outback Sky Journeys), an Indigenous activities program including cultural dance performance, guided garden walk, spear & boomerang throwing and Indigenous story telling experience, free use of Ayers Rock Resort shuttle bus service to get around the Resort and children 15 years and under stay FREE using existing bedding including breakfast^.
Or stay three nights and save further on your accommodation, PLUS receive free buffet breakfast daily. 
For package details & conditions - click here


To make your Uluru Astronomy Weekend truly memorable make sure to take part in the three unique Signature Events.
Stellar Sounds of Silence
As the sun sets over Uluru, enjoy canapes and chilled sparkling wine and, as darkness falls, join your table of fellow travellers for an unforgettable dining experience under the outback sky. Enjoy a bush tucker inspired buffet, then settle back and listen to Dr Karl and guest astronomers as they decode the southern night sky. After an unforgettable stargazing experience, your evening will end with an aperitif under the stunning Milky Way.
Panel Predictions with Buffet Lunch
While you sit back and enjoy a delicious buffet lunch, be enthralled with a panel discussion by MC Dr Karl and our guest astronomers, focusing on those burning astronomical questions: What will be the next big thing in astronomy? What is the next astronomical mystery to be solved?
Galaxy Star Ball
The weekend culminates with the spectacular Galaxy Star Ball. After welcome drinks with canapes and a mouth-watering dinner you’re led for one final time on a scientific journey with the infectiously enthusiastic Dr. Karl. The evening then takes off with space themed entertainment as a DJ and vocalist rendition songs from ‘Stars on 45’ and a spectacular dance version of ‘Dark Side of the Moon.’ Dress up in your best space disco outfits for a night to remember.
Book all three Signature Events for $320 per person - normally $365 per person - save $45. Bookings are essential.

Discover the full schedule of events - click here






Dr Karl will be your host for the weekend and along with some of the world's leading experts, he will take you on a guided journey through our magnificant cosmos.
Trace the history of the universe and attempt to find an answer to burning questions such as 'Is there life somewhere else in the universe?' with Prof Rachel Webster. Discover the vast array of the MWA Telescope with Prof. Steven Tingay. While Prof. Bryan Gaensler will take you on a tour into the extremes of our amazing Universe.
Take part in as many of the events as you can fit into your weekend. All events are free of charge (excluding Signature Events & Outback Sky Journeys).

Discover the full schedule of events - click here


Dr Karl made his TV debut in 1985 as the presenter of the first series of Quantum, while today Karl popularises science on ABC radio stations across Australia. His presentations Great Moments in Science celebrate all sides of science; from sublime moments of deep thought to the most arcane and bizarre research imaginable.
Prof. Bryan Gaensler is an astronomer at The University of Sydney and Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for All-sky Astrophysics (CAASTRO). His main research interests are cosmic magnetism, wide-field astronomy, polarimetry, time-domain astrophysics, interstellar turbulence, neutron stars and the Square Kilometre Array.
Prof. Ray Norris, former Deputy Director of the CSIRO Australia Telescope National Facility, uses large radio surveys to understand the origin and evolution of galaxies. He is also well known for his work on Aboriginal Astronomy.His work has featured in many radio and TV programs, including ABC TV's "Message Stick" and ABC Radio National's "The First Astronomers"
Prof. Steven Tingay seeks out experiments that are difficult and risky, but potentially have high rewards. Today, he's the Director of the Murchison Widefield Array (MWA) project, a lowfrequency radio telescope worth $50-million. He was recently awarded the inaugural Science Ambassador of the Year at the 2012 WA Science Awards.
Prof. Rachel Webster has been influential in astronomy for more than two decades as Head of the Astrophysics group at the University of Melbourne. Her team have recently been awarded telescope time on the Hubble Space Telescope, the Gemini Telescopes in Hawaii and Chile and the MWA in WA


For more information and Uluru Astronomy Weekend Event bookings please contact the Voyages Travel Centre. Our travel specialists will be able to assist you with all your travel arrangements including flights, touring, accommodation and car hire.
Phone: 1300 134 044 or +61 2 8296 8010
Website: www.ayersrockresort.com.au/astronomy-weekend
Online Booking: Online Accommodation Booking
Email: travel at voyages.com.au


The Uluru Astronomy Weekend at Ayers Rock Resort works in partnership with CAASTRO, the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for All-sky Astrophysics, a collaborative research centre comprising staff and students from the University of Sydney, Australian National University, University of Western Australia, Swinburne University of Technology, University of Melbourne, University of Queensland, and Curtin University of Technology and international and national partners. Visit www.caastro.org

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