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Elvis at the Dish - The brightest stars in heaven

The CSIRO Parkes Radio Telescope Visitors Centre and the Dish Cafe hosted a first-time event for this year's Parkes Elvis Festival - an inaugural concert bringing together the two icons of Parkes NSW.

The concert featured Elvis Tribute Artist Rick Mackaway and The Wilsonics, a 'band of brothers' who came together specially to back Rick. Together they rocked the Dish last Wednesday night, 7th January. Thunderstorms threatened Parkes in the hours leading up to the show, however The King himself must have been watching over us as the storms passed by and the night became a picture perfect evening. Thanks to all who helped make the night a great success.

If you missed out this year, watch out for the 2016 program and come join us for a fun night of rock n' roll!

David Malin Awards winner 2012 Solar System hires – King of Pain. A high resolution view of Venus against the sun in Hydrogen Alpha light on 6 June 2012. (Image: Peter Ward)

Winner 2012 Solar System hires – King of Pain. A high resolution view of Venus against the sun in Hydrogen Alpha light on 6 June 2012. (Image: Peter Ward)

David Malin Awards and Exhibition

The Central West Astronomical Society is proud to present the 2014 CWAS Astrophotography Awards judged by Dr David Malin - the "David Malin Awards".

The 2014 exhibition was launched in the Bowen Room at the CSIRO Parkes Observatory Visitors Centre on Sunday July 20th. Entry is free to the exhibition.

The 2014 CWAS "David Malin Awards"

This year's competition has built on the experience of previous years to help make it the premier competition of its kind in Australia.

Astrokids scavenger hunt flyer

Did you know?

The CSIRO Parkes radio telescope has discovered more Pulsars (the collapsed remnants of massive stars) than all of the other radio telescopes in the world collectively.

Astronomers at the Parkes radio telescope use pulsars to study some of the fundamental laws of the universe.