AstroLight Festival to illuminate the night-sky to stargazers
Featuring special guests from the new Australian Space Agency and International Space Station, this annual event celebrating astronomy and light is on this Saturday 8 September.
Stargazers should be prepared to have their minds blown when they attend AstroLight Festival, the annual all-ages event at Scienceworks.
Offering a program of activities as vast as space itself, audiences can participate in multiple VR experiences (including Opaque Space’s multi-award winning game Earthlight: Spacewalk), view the night sky through telescopes, do hands-on light and optics activities, see Planetarium and Lightning Room shows and attend talks that cover everything from human spaceflight to our nine-week-old Australian Space Agency.
You can even get your picture taken with your favourite Star Wars character!
Kate Barnard, Education and Community Programs Manager at Scienceworks said she was thrilled that Scienceworks was again partnering with the Mount Burnett Observatory and Telescopes in Schools to host the AstroLight Festival.
“With the discovery of gravitational waves, water on mars and the establishment of the Australian Space Agency, it’s an incredibly exciting time in astronomy, light, and space science. AstroLight Festival is an invitation from us to come to Scienceworks, gaze at the stars and have your minds boggled by amazing ideas, cutting-edge research, and immersive experiences.”
Some highlights of the festival include:
- International Space Station flight controller Andrea Boyd and former astronaut trainer Dr Gail Illes hitting the main amphitheatre stage to discuss human spaceflight.
- Andrea Boyd and aerospace engineer, Dr Naomi Mathers, providing an update on the new Australian Space Agency and the important role that Australia has to play in this accelerating industry.
- Ever heard of the concept of Spaghettification? OzGrav researchers Debatri Chattopadhyay, Lucy Strang and Hannah Middleton will enlighten you as they talk about gravitational waves and other exciting developments in astronomy (FYI: spaghettification is what happens when you get to close to a black hole)
- Short and sweet talks in the Energy Lab, covering Indigenous astronomy, the discovery of baby planets and how scientists use light to make the regenerating cells of a zebrafish fluoresce. Museums Victoria’s own Dr Christy Hipsley will also be on the line-up, with a presentation on how we use light as a tool in scientific research.
- Visit Scienceworks award-winning exhibitions including Beyond Perception: Seeing the Unseen and Above and Beyond.
- Bar, café and food trucks serving up intergalactic treats all night.
One lucky ticket holder will also come away from the evening with a very special prize. Our astronomical sponsors, Celestron, have provided a fabulous Astro Fi 102mm Maksutov-Cassegrain Telescope to give away. Purchasing a ticket before Friday 7 September will put you in the running to WIN!
Saturday 8 September, 6pm–10.30pm
2 Booker St, Spotswood
Tickets: Child $15, Concession $33, Adult $22
Info & tickets
Interviews are available with:
- Andrea Boyd, Flight Controller, International Space Station Mission Control
- Dr Naomi Mathers, Aerospace Engineer, Australia’s Space Agency
- Jonathan Shearer, Acting General Manager, Scienceworks
- Kate Barnard, Acting Education & Community Program Manager, Scienceworks