[ASA] Astrofest - Back in Perth for a sixth year on March 28th

John O'Byrne john.obyrne at sydney.edu.au
Thu Mar 5 13:58:23 AEDT 2015

ASA members may be interested in promoting the Astrofest event in WA.  I also note the plans for inaugural Astrofests planned by other teams in Sydney and Melbourne later this year. 

Astronomy Colleagues,

Fresh from its position as finalist in the 2014 WA Premier’s Science Awards, Australia’s largest annual astronomy festival is returning to Perth in 2015! Astrofest, a vibrant celebration of astronomy and Western Australian science, will be held at Curtin Stadium on the Curtin University campus in Perth on Saturday 28th March.

We welcome all ages and levels of astronomy knowledge, so hope you can join us if you happen to be near Perth on the 28th. See http://www.icrar.org/news/seminars/events2/astrofest-2015 <http://www.icrar.org/news/seminars/events2/astrofest-2015>! for more details. 
Now in its sixth year, the team behind the Perth Astrofest also assists in the many regional Astrofests around WA, and will be involved in the inaugural Astrofests planned by other teams in Sydney and Melbourne later this year. 
The free event attracts more than 4,000 people each year and features fun and engaging activities for people from all walks of life. Optical and radio telescopes, including some of the largest in the state, will be available throughout the evening to give festival-goers a fascinating look at some of the wonders of the Universe. A huge range of other interactive activities will also be on offer, including –

Guided ‘tours’ of the night sky
Astrophotography competition and displays
Scitech science shows
Guest speakers
Hands-on activities for people of all ages
There will also be expert advice at hand for the amateur astronomer and plenty of information on offer about the Square Kilometre Array – the world’s largest radio telescope currently preparing for construction in Western Australia’s Murchison region.

The festival kicks-off with solar observing and indoor events from 5:30pm and concludes with the final guided tour of the night sky finishing at 9:30pm. A sausage sizzle, and other food will be available for purchase and picnics are encouraged.

Astrofest 2015 promises to be a fun, educational and memorable evening for the whole family! 

For more information, contact Kirsten Gottschalk at kirsten.gottschalk at icrar.org <mailto:kirsten.gottschalk at icrar.org> or (08) 6488 7771.

Astrofest 2015 is proudly supported by The Astronomical Group of Western Australia, Astronomy Education Services, Camera Electronic, Curtin University, The International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR), Lotterywest, Perth Observatory, Scitech, Shoot Photography Workshops, Stargazers Club WA, The University of Western Australia and WPM Group.

We hope to see you there.

Warm Regards,
Kirsten Gottschalk
Astronomy Ambassador

Ph: +61 8 6488 7771
Mobile: +61 438 361 876
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