We have written about so many things that will be at AstroLight, I thought I would do a quick run-through of the venues and give an over-view of the event. Of course, also head to the Program page for more details and schedule!
After the official welcome, shows from Sean Elliott and Chris Lassig, lots of science and family fun will start off the night. NASA Astronaut, Marsha Ivins will be talking about her time in space. The Dark Skies panel will have a great discussion and to finish off the night, Dark Matter Q&A with Astro Katie. Also swing by at 7:55 to find out if you get to take home our Celestron telescope. The evening’s MC is the wonderful Upulie Divisekera.
This year we have a series of talks just for kids, but everyone will find them fascinating! Dr Tanya Hill and Dr Ben McKinley take the first session on Astronomy, Celia Vandestadt and Sam and Dr Philipp Reineck will enlighten you about fluorescence in the second session and Dr Michael Fitzgerald will talk about kids doing real astronomy and Prof Brant Gibson will be myth busting lasers in movies with some special Star Wars guests. Real science talks by real experts just for kids. Not to be missed!!
We have more experts talking for the older audiences and a great opportunity to ask these amazing researchers about the latest in astronomy and light science. We have Dr Helen Brand talking about astronomy using the Synchrotron and Dr Theresa Jones discussing the perils of lighting up our nights in the first session. The second session is all astronomy with Dr Christian Reichardt taking you to Antarctica followed by cultural astronomy researcher Dr Duane Hamacher with another perspective on the perils of light pollution. The third session has more light with Dr David Garrett talking about the Bionic Eye and Prof Andrew Greentree talking Nanoscale Astronomy. The last of the expert talks are in both the Science Stage and Energy Lab with Emma Wilson and Jacquie Milner in the Science Stage and Dr Michele Trenti and Daniel Armstrong in the Energy lab. They will be covering Fluoresence, Pluto, Galaxies and Art in Astronomy.
Sorry, you are going to have to choose. But wait, that’s not all.
Before you leave the main building chat to the ASV, MBO, Ballarat Observatory and IDA stalls to find out how you can get involved in Astronomy. Keep going into the Test Lab, grab a coffee at the Scaff Cafe and catch the movie, The City Dark. Then work your way through the Main Exhibition Gallery head to the Science Stage for some great talks.
Don’t forget to come in here and make a Mars rover, see some live feed from the Molongolo Radio Telescope, a 3D walkthrough of the Dish, view David Malin‘s wonderful images on the big screen, see some more art work and check out the latest from Celestron.
Lower Ground Floor
If you are on your way to the Energy Lab, make sure you stop by the stalls on the Lower Ground Floor and talk to Australian Synchrotron, MoCA, CAASTRO, iTelescope, CNBP, Our Solar Siblings, Swinburne University and University of Melbourne about their research. Don’t forget to go into our dark rooms where the wonders of light will be on display for you to interact with and the Welcome Room with the amazing Astronomy Art from Deakin University.
Heading outside, you will be confronted by the field of telescopes, both optical and radio. Take a look at the night sky close up and tune into Triple R with the most unlikely of radio receivers, the MWA. The fabulous Perry Vlahos will walk you through the night sky and make sure you interact with the amazing Stellarsphere in the centre.
Hands-on astronomy activities with CAASTRO, Young Engineers and MBO, and light activities with PrimeSCI! and OSA, including the crazy laser maze. Head out to the Engine room and see the Skunk Control art install and while you head down the ramp, look up at the amazing light images from CNBP.
If you get the chance to go to even half of these activities you will be doing well. Don’t forget to go to the Planetarium show, Lightning Room show or Test Lab if you were lucky enough to secure your ticket! And of course there will be the special out of this world visitors roaming Scienceworks and enjoying the event with you.
And if you didn’t get a chance to see everything you wanted to, well there is always next year…
Check the Program page for the full schedule.
See the official Scienceworks What’s On page for further details and ticket sales. Tickets are limited, so get in quick!