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The next NSW school holidays are only weeks away, and that means holiday workshops are back on the agenda.

As in the past, all the activities start at 10am in the Bowen Room of the CSIRO Parkes Observatory Visitors Centre; bookings are essential, and places fill quickly. 

T-shirt chromatography – Mon April 14th

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.

Marble Run – Wed April 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!

DNA Detectives – Tue April 22nd  

Did you know that you share something in common with a strawberry? 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 red fruit!

Radio Astronomy Mystery Box – Wed April 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.

So come join us for some science fun these next holidays!

David Malin Awards and Exhibition

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)

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.

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.