With activities, displays and telescopes of all shapes and sizes, Astrofest 2011 is sure to get people of all ages and backgrounds switched on to astronomy and science. Participants will have the opportunity to meet with local astronomers and scientists as well as experience an AstroArt exhibition featuring the work of WA astrophotographers and artists.
Before the sun sets, Astrofest will start at 5:00pm with displays, information booths 'space domes' and activities. Night sky observing will get underway at about 7pm. Some of the highlights you can expect to see are:
- On 12 March the Sun will set just after 6:30pm, with Mercury and Jupiter not far behind.
- The waxing crescent Moon will be less than a week old, presenting spectacular views of the terminator and craters.
- To the South will be the Southern Cross, The Jewel Box Open Cluster, Omega Centauri, a globular cluster and our galactic neighbours the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds.
- Saturn will also rise just before 8pm.
Astrofest is coordinated by the 'Astronomy WA' collective, ICRAR, Scitech and the WA branch of the Australian Science Communicators (ASC-WA).