The 2019 CWAS AstroFest - 20 to 21 July 2019
CWAS AstroFest

20 - 21 July 2019

The Central West of NSW boasts some of the darkest skies in Australia, and as such it is a wonderful place to appreciate the wonders of the night sky. In an effort to foster, encourage and promote astronomy in the region, the Central West Astronomical Society is holding its annual festival of astronomy, or AstroFest, this July. The festival endeavours to bring to the people of the Central West world renowned astronomers, both professional and amateur, so they may share their enthusiasm and love of the heavens.

This year, the CWAS AstroFest is being held in conjunction with the CSIRO Parkes Observatory's Apollo 11 50th anniversary Open Days, over the weekend of 20-21 July 2019. Lots of exciting events and activities are planned, which will make this anniversary an unforgetable experience.

Click here for more information on the Parkes Open Days.

Accommodation may be difficult to find over the weekend, owing to the large crowds expected for the Open Days. So, be sure to book early to ensure you have a place to stay. Click here for Accommodation in the Parkes region.

The CWAS AstroFest and the Parkes Open Days are free of charge

The CWAS Associated Events:

  • An astrophotography competition will be open to all amateur astronomers in Australia. An exhibition of the best photographs will be on display at the Parkes Observatory Visitors Centre from Saturday, 20 July, for the entire year. Dr David Malin, the world-renowned astrophotographer, will judge the entries. The 2019 CWAS "David Malin Awards" will be presented at a special ceremony on Friday night, 19 July, at the CSIRO Parkes Observatory's Visitor's Centre. Following the AstroFest, the exhibition will tour to various venues across Australia beginning with Sydney Observatory on Saturday, 28 September 2019. Canon Australia is supporting the competition with significant prizes.
  • Throughout the Open Days, daytime astronomy viewings will be conducted on the grounds of the Observatory by members of the CWAS. Telescopes will be set up for viewing the bright stars, planets, the Sun and the Moon during daylight (weather permitting).

So come along and enjoy the hospitality of the Central West and share an unforgettable astronomical experience. See you there.

CWAS AstroFest
Organising Committee

The 2019 CWAS AstroFest is proudly supported by


For all enquiries please email the AstroFest Organising Committee

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