News and Events
News and Events
Throughout January we once again had a great response to our School Holiday Workshops and Activities, from viewing the Sun to extracting DNA from strawberries.
Thanks to all who participated - we really enjoyed the workshops too!
Visitor Centre staff participated in the Parkes Elvis Festival parade this year with an alien Elvis and an astronaut on board the float. Perhaps the astronaut brought The King back from wherever he went when he left the building?
February is the perfect time to visit the Dish - the rush of holiday crowds is over for now; you can take in the astronomy and space displays at your leisure and perhaps enjoy a coffee at the Dish Cafe, all the while marveling at the sight of the most beautiful Radio Telescope in the world. It would be our pleasure to see you here.
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.