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School Holiday Activities January 2014
- Workshops commence 10am.
- Bookings are essential and places are limited.
- Ages 7-14 unless stated otherwise.
Solar Viewing (ages 10 & up) – Fri January 3rd
Safely observe the Sun with solar filters, guided by our expert amateur astronomer Alex Abbey. In full view of the Dish itself, our awesome life-giving star is revealed in all its wonder and beauty. (Weather permitting – activity will be substituted if the day overcast.)
Radio Astronomy Mystery Box – Mon January 6th & Thu January 23rd
What is the object hidden in the box? Find out using every-day items and the techniques of “radio” mapping used by astronomers at the Dish.
Rockets – Tue January 7th
Make, decorate and launch your own space craft. The “fuel” to propel your rocket will surprise you! A demonstration of “water bottle rocket” launching is included.
DNA Detectives – Tue January 14th & Wed January 15th
Did you know that you share something in common with a banana? It’s your DNA! Build a model of the DNA double helix and help your team of ‘DNA Detectives’ actually see the DNA inside our favourite yellow fruit!
Marble Run – Thu January 16th
A challenge of angles and motion – beat the timer in this physics activity. Work in pairs and undertake a series of challenges constructing vertical paths for marbles. Sound simple? Every minor change has an affect further along!
T-shirt chromatography – Fri January 24th
Combining art and science, a common household chemical is used to diffuse ink into amazing patterns based on your own design. Bring your own pre-washed white t-shirt or pillowcase and let your creativity flow with the colours.
David Malin Awards and Exhibition
In July, the Central West Astronomical Society launched the 2013 CWAS "David Malin Awards" now in their 10th year. Dr David Malin himself judges the prestigious astrophotography competition.
For more information visit the 2013 CWAS David Malin Awards.
This year's competition continues to build on the experience of previous years to help make it the premier competition of its kind in Australia.
The competition this year had three sections - General Section, Open Themed Section and a Junior Section (18 and under).
The general section was divided into five categories: Wide-field (camera shots), Deep Sky (telescope shots), Solar System Objects - Hi-Resolution (<30') and Wide Field (>30') - and a category for Animated Sequences.
The Junior Section had one open category and entries can be of any astronomical subject.
Many beautiful winning entries are on display in the Bowen Room at the Visitors Centre. Entry is free to the exhibition.
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.