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Astrofest-2016-Website-Banner-wideAustralia’s largest annual astronomy festival is returning in 2016! Astrofest, a vibrant celebration of astronomy and Western Australian science, will be held at Curtin Stadium on the Curtin University campus in Bentley on Saturday 12th March.

Preregister to go in the draw to win a prize by Thursday March 10th! See astronomywa.net.au for more details. 

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 2016 promises to be a fun, educational and memorable evening for the whole family!

For more information or to assist at Astrofest 2015, contact Kirsten Gottschalk at kirsten.gottschalk@icrar.org or (08) 6488 7771.