The 2015 CWAS AstroFest - 18 to 19 July 2015
CWAS AstroFest

18 - 19 July 2015

Celebrating Astronomy in the Central West

The Conference Registration fee is $30 per person.

Click here to complete the online Registration    

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.

The CWAS AstroFest will incorporate a one day conference and a programme of associated events. The conference will be held in the Coventry Room of Parkes Shire Council's Library and Cultural Centre on Saturday, 18 July 2015. In a series of lectures, guest speakers will provide fascinating insights into various aspects of modern astronomy. On Sunday, 19 July, events will move to the CSIRO Parkes Observatory Visitors Centre with a programme of daytime astronomy and talks.

On Saturday night, 18 July, the conference dinner will be held at the Comfort Inn Parkes International Hotel.

Click here for Accommodation Information in Parkes.

The 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 Sunday, 19 July, for the entire year. Dr David Malin, the world-renowned astrophotographer, will judge the entries. The "David Malin Awards" will be presented at a special ceremony held during the conference dinner on Saturday, 18 July. Following the AstroFest, the exhibition will tour to various venues across Australia beginning with Sydney Observatory in August. Canon Australia is supporting the competition with significant prizes.
  • From 10:00 AM on the Sunday morning, 19 July, the "David Malin Awards" exhibition will be officially opened at the CSIRO Parkes Observatory's Visitors Centre.
  • From 11:00 AM on the Sunday morning, 19 July, world-renowned astrophotographer, Babak Tafreshi, will present a public talk titled, "The World at Night", in the Visitors Centre lecture theatre.
  • Throughout the day on, Sunday, 19 July, daytime astronomy viewings will be conducted on the lawns of the Visitors Centre by members of the CWAS. Telescopes will be setup in the grounds of the Visitors Centre, for viewing the bright stars, planets, the Sun and the Moon during daylight (weather permitting).
  • Breakfast and lunch will be available for purchase at the dish cafe.

The Conference Programme: Saturday, 18th July, 2015

Venue: The Coventry Room of Parkes Shire Council's Library and Cultural Centre - Find map here

From 09:00    Registration

10:00-11:00    Glen Nagle (CDSCC) and John Sarkissian (CASS):  "Pluto Revealed"

11:30-12:30    Babak Tafreshi (TWAN):  "Night Reveals a Universe"

12:30-13:30    Lunch - Provided for all registrants

13:30-14:30    Dr Everett Gibson (NASA/JSC):  "The Exploration of Mars and the Search for Life - New Discoveries"

15:30-16:30    Civic Reception:  Coventry Room at Parkes Shire Library and Cultural Centre. Hosted by Mayor, Cr Ken Keith

16:30-17:30    Prof. Brian Schmidt (2011 Nobel Laureate):  "Exploring the Universe from Australia"  - The John Bolton Lecture

From 18:30    Conference Dinner - Comfort Inn Parkes International Hotel, Parkes.
    Includes the Presentation of the 2015 CWAS "David Malin Awards"

The Conference Programme: Sunday, 19th July, 2015

Venue: The Parkes Observatory Visitors Centre

From 09:00    Daytime astronomy by the CWAS members - all day (weather permitting).

10:00-10:30    Official opening of the "David Malin Awards" exhibition in the Bowen Room.

11:00-12:00    Babak Tafreshi:  "The World at Night" - Public Lecture

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

CWAS AstroFest
Organising Committee

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