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AstroLight Festival at Scienceworks

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A Walk Through the Stars

Scienceworks is going out of this world with the return of the AstroLight Festival on Saturday 23rd September 2017. Meet real-life astronauts, study the night sky (weather permitting) catch a film in the Planetarium and hear stories from space at this family-friendly event.

In partnership with The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the event will feature an exciting mix of astronauts, astronomers, scientists, stargazers and artists. Everyone is welcome to step out of the light for this very special AstroLight Festival event. Special guest Dominic 'Tony' Antonelli, former NASA astronaut, as well as being the pilot on two space shuttle missions, will be speaking about his experiences from 6.45pm to 7.15pm on the main stage. Prepare to be taken into space as you view our galaxy through his eyes. Later in the night, from 9pm to 10pm, there will be a panel discussion and everyone is welcome to attend.

The night will include performances as well as talks, some hands-on optics activities and, weather permitting, even some telescopic stargazing. See our neighbouring planets and learn more about them from people fascinated with our night sky.

Enter the VR zone and enjoy a virtual reality tour of the universe, experience the LightTime exhibition, learn more about some of the cutting edge research being done by experts from astronomical societies and at our universities and see one of the live shows and demonstrations.

With the event being held at Scienceworks, guests can watch a film about outer space in the Planetarium. If you've never been inside this dome-shaped cinema it is a real treat. The seats lay back as the feature is projected onto the roof, giving you the feeling you really are looking up into the night sky. A special, 30-minute AstroLight film is being shown as part of the larger event on Saturday 23rd September and can be pre-booked through the Scienceworks website.

You can also visit the Lightning Room and see our wildest element up close and personal. Though somewhat unsettling for younger children as the spark of lightening is quite loud, this is a thrilling exhibit and well worth a visit. A special, 15-minute AstroLight show will feature on the night and can be pre-booked through the Scienceworks website.

The AstroLight Festival is being held on Saturday 23rd September 2017 from 5.30pm to 11pm. Feel free to bring your own packed dinner along or take advantage of the onsite bar, café and even food trucks rolling in especially for the night.

Entry to the AstroLight Festival is $15 for kids, $22 for concession, $25 for adults and a family ticket (2 adults, 2 children) is $68 with sessions entering at 5.30pm and again at 6.00pm. Access to the Planetarium and Lightning Room are an additional $5 per person. Please note: extra transaction fees will apply. Beat the queues by pre-purchasing your ticket through the Scienceworks website.

A family friendly talk will commence at 6pm to open the festival. At 6.30pm learn what's good about planet Earth in a fun show about air and invisible water. At 7.3pm Dr Katie Mack from the University of Melbourne will speak about the Death of a Universe alongside the Listening to Gravitational Waves exhibit presented by Dr Letizia Sammut from the Monash Centre for Astrophysics and The Earth System – One Moon by Braeden Borg from the Melbourne Space Program. There's plenty more and you can read a program short guide on the AstroLight Festival 2017 Facebook event page from the Scienceworks Facebook Page

Scienceworks is located at 2 Booker Street, Spotswood. There is onsite parking and surrounding street parking.
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Why? Festival of Outer Space
When: Sat 23rd Sept: From 5.30pm
Where: Scienceworks, 2 Booker Street, Spotswood
Cost: $15 - $68
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