The Astrolight Festival is just around the corner — don’t miss out on your chance to snag tickets (and come say hi to us)!

Where: Scienceworks Museum

2 Booker Street, Spotswood, Spotswood, Victoria 3015

When: Saturday, September 23rd, 5:30pm-11:00pm

Hosted by Scienceworks, Mount Burnett Observatory and Telescopes in Schools, the Astrolight Festival is back this year for a night of astronomical fun (pun intended!).

Credit: Stewart Donn/Museum Victoria

It promises to be an enlightening and entertaining day for people of all ages who want to expand their minds about all things astronomy and light or simply want to explore something different or have a fun night out. This comes after the unprecedented success of the festival last year in which over 2,500 people attended. A special highlight of last year was the speech from Marsha Ivins, a veteran NASA astronaut who once spent 55 days in space.

A key highlight this year will be keynote speaker Dominic ‘Tony’ Antonelli, a former NASA astronaut and pilot of two Space Shuttle missions who will speak on his space experiences from 6:45 – 7:15pm on the main stage, and take part in a panel discussion between 9 – 10pm. This will be one of numerous other attractions which’ll include mind-blowing presentations, exciting artistic performances, hands-on activities and even Planetarium shows and a laser maze.

Credit: Stewart Donn/Museum Victoria

And of course, the Melbourne Space Program will be involved in the event!

We will have 2 speakers: Michael Norris, our Managing Director, will talk about the program’s journey in designing and preparing to launch our satellite and our hope that Australia will adjust its policies to better foster space exploration. You can find him on the Energy Lab stage at 10:15pm.

The second speaker, Braeden Borg, is an Aviation Test Engineer on our Flight Systems Team. He will talk about all the satellites currently orbiting the Earth and the cool things they’re doing, plus how they communicate with us as they whiz around Earth. Braeden will be on the Science stage at 7:45pm.

We’ll also have a stall which will be open to answering all your questions and contribute to this truly out-of-this-world event. Anyone interested in learning more about astronomy and light should blast over to it, see you there!

Keen to find out more about what’s on at Astrolight? Check out their blog here.

 

 

COMPILED AND WRITTEN BY: MARKOS HASIOTIS
FEATURED IMAGE: NASA/AUBREY GEMIGNANI


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