Once again Perth’s annual astronomy festival ‘Astrofest’ delighted the public with views of the night sky, interesting talks and astronomy awesomeness all evening. Approximately 5,000 people joined in on the 12th of March to celebrate all things space and astronomy.
Held at Curtin Stadium and Edinburgh Oval, Astrofest brings together the WA astronomy community for a night celebrating our night sky and the research going on in the State.
The Square Kilometre Array is a great feature of the evening, as well as its precursors the Murchison Widefield Array (MWA) and CSIRO’s ASKAP.
Astrofest also featured some great talks. Stuart Andrew brought along his ‘pocket satellite’ the Ozqube-1 that he’s built in his back shed and will launch into space! Dr Jon Paxman from Fireballs in the Sky and the Desert Fireball Network had the audience on their edge of their seats with his tales of searching for meteorites that are freshly fallen in South Australia and Dr Ray Norris shared with us the wonders of Australia’s Indigenous People’s astronomy knowledge.
The stunning astrophotography exhibition was on show again with over 30 images from local WA astrophotographers on show. The exhibition will head out again later this year and be on show in Geraldton in August/September.
Astrofest will return in 2017, stay tuned for the date announced by early July.