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
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.
The 2019 CWAS AstroFest is proudly supported by
For all enquiries please email the AstroFest Organising Committee
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