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Sydney Astrofest 2017

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by Margarita Steinhardt (subscribe)
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Free fun for the whole family
Following the success of the inaugural Sydney Astrofest last year, The ARC Centre of Excellence for All-sky Astrophysics or CAASTRO for short, is delighted to host Sydney Astrofest 2017 on 1st of July.

Like last year, the event will feature night-sky viewing through a telescope, a series of 20-minute lectures, including an interactive Q&A just for kids, a wide array of exhibitions, interactive activities and demonstrations and of course a planetarium show – Capturing the Cosmos. This 2D film features the most cutting-edge research on the mysterious dark energy – an unseen and still not understood force that represents a whopping 73% of the known Universe.

And do not fear you don't need to be a rocket scientist to enjoy an evening of FREE indoor and outdoor entertainment, suitable for the entire family.

The Lions Club sausage sizzle is returning this year to raise funds for the Starlight Foundation and to keep everyone's energy levels up. The Taste Café at CPC Auditorium will also be open for the evening.

To avoid the disappointment of missing the show at the Planetarium, book your sessions early, as places are limited. The show will run at the following times: 4.10pm, 4.45pm, 5.20pm, 5.55pm, 6.30pm, 7.05pm, 7.40pm and 8.15pm. The Planetarium will be located on the ground floor at the Veterinary Science Conference Centre.

In addition to Capturing the Cosmos, this year's program will include a number of smaller Planetarium shows for children.

The full program and the map for the event can be downloaded from CAASTRO website.

To make the evening even more fun, download one of the stargazing apps to find your way in the night sky. My favorite app is SkyView, available for free for both Android and IOS devices. With the app installed, just point your phone at the sky and see the stars and planets come to life as the app identifies them.

Skyview app identifies the objects in the sky

You could also try your luck to win a telescope or a Night Tour at the Sydney Observatory. All you need to do to enter the draw is to register online prior to attending the Astrofest.

So bring along all the budding astronomers in the family and get inspired by the vastness and the mystery of the universe.

Event details:

Date: Saturday, 1 July 2017
Time: 4pm – 9pm
Location: Charles Perkins Centre, The University of Sydney

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Why? Free fun for the family
When: 1 July 2017
Phone: 61 2 9351 2893
Where: Sydney University
Cost: Free
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