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Sydney Astrofest 2016

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by Margarita Steinhardt (subscribe)
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There is something uniquely rewarding about looking up at the starry sky. It reminds us that the world is so much bigger than the daily grind of our lives. Human cultures all across the globe have been gazing at the stars since the beginning of time.

We have learned a lot since then, discovering merging black holes and exploding supernovas, finding Higgs boson, or the God particle and mapping most of the visible universe. But here is the trick – the visible universe represents only 4 percent of all that is out there! The rest is 23% dark matter and 73% dark energy, both of which we know virtually nothing about.

It is safe to say that we still have a long way to go before we truly understand the world we live in. And now it's your chance to unlock some of the mysteries of the universe at CAASTRO's inaugural Astrofest 2016 on Saturday 30 July.

CAASTRO is not the name of a galaxy far far away. It stands for the Centre of Excellence for All-sky Astrophysics, funded by the Australian Research Centre. CAASTRO is about looking at the universe in a new way. Instead of focusing on a galaxy here and a star cluster over there it's about bringing everything together into a bigger picture.

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

Set at the University of Sydney Charles Perkins Centre, the event will offer opportunities to look at the night sky through a telescope, listen to a number of astronomy talks and learn about the latest discoveries in the field, watch a planetarium show Capturing the Cosmos, narrated by Geoffrey Rush, and to learn how things work through a number of interactive activities.

Moon craters
Exploring our closest Celestial neighbour

Back on Earth, there will be Lions Club sausage sizzle raising funds for the Starlight Foundation, and Taste Café will be open at the Centre.

You could also try your luck to win a telescope. 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.
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Why? Free fun for the whole family
When: Saturday 30 July 2016 - 4pm to 9pm
Phone: 61 2 9351 2893
Where: Charles Perkins Centre, The University of Sydney
Cost: Free
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