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Astrofest 2011

Media release

A celebration of astronomy, science and the amazing Western Australian night sky will kick-off at Astrofest 2011, which takes place at Curtin University’s Stadium on Saturday 12 March.

Astrofest is a family friendly event providing a fun, free and engaging educational experience for an anticipated crowd of 1500 participants.

Kicking off before sunset at 5pm, displays, activities, ‘space domes’, and a public talk about the Square Kilometre Array will precede night sky observing at 7pm.

ICRAR outreach coordinator, Pete Wheeler said Astrofest would also be a fantastic opportunity to come along and witness an array of spectacular views after sunset at 6.30pm.

“With activities, displays and telescopes of all shapes and sizes, Astrofest is sure to get people of all ages and backgrounds switched on to astronomy and science,” Mr Wheeler said.

“Participants will have the opportunity to meet with local astronomers and scientists as well as experience an exhibition featuring the work of WA astro-photographers. Don’t miss out on the free fun and educational excitement.”

Date: Saturday 12 March 2011

Time: 5.00pm – 9.30pm

Venue: Curtin Stadium, Curtin University, Kent Street, Bentley

For more details, please visit: www.astronomywa.net.au

Media Contact:

Pete Wheeler, Outreach Manager, ICRAR
Tel: 08 6488 7758, Email: pete.wheeler@icrar.org

Andrea Barnard, Public Relations, Curtin University
Tel: 08 9266 4241, Mobile: 0401 103 755, Email: andrea.barnard@curtin.edu.au