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AstroFest

AstroFest The official page for Penn State Astronomy and AstroFest. In 2020, AstroFest will be held virtually from Aug. 13 to Aug. 16, and the AstroFest Virtual World will be available to the public through the year.

AstroFest is an annual community education event hosted by the staff and students of the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics at Penn State. In 2019, it will be from July 10th to July 13th, 8:30pm - 11:30pm, and will feature activities for all ages.

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Come to virtual AstroFest tonight (Saturday 7-10pm) or tomorrow (Sunday 2-5pm EDT) to chat with Astronomers Live!https:/...
08/15/2020

Come to virtual AstroFest tonight (Saturday 7-10pm) or tomorrow (Sunday 2-5pm EDT) to chat with Astronomers Live!
https://science.psu.edu/astro/public-outreach/astrofest

Or come any time to use virtual telescopes, play astronomy games, or view our featured presentations and short videos made just for this event.

Our most popular topic this year has been Dark Energy, a mysterious energy in empty space that causes the universe to ac...
08/15/2020

Our most popular topic this year has been Dark Energy, a mysterious energy in empty space that causes the universe to accelerate in its expansion. Short presentations on finding life in the Universe, why Pluto isn't a planet anymore, how to fly a rocket, and much more are available in our virtual lobby or through an easy to use traditional program at
https://science.psu.edu/astro/public-outreach/astrofest

Did you attend our Virtual AstroFest 2020 yet?  If so let us know what you thought of it.The virtual world is now open f...
08/14/2020

Did you attend our Virtual AstroFest 2020 yet? If so let us know what you thought of it.

The virtual world is now open for you to explore at:
http://www.personal.psu.edu/jds255/outreach/AstroFest/AstroFest2020/index.html

AstroFest 2020 includes:
12 Featured Presentations
10 AstroFest Arcade Games on a variety of topics
12 Shorter Videos/Demos
7 Virtual Telescopes with Videos About the Objects
10 Live Q&A Chat Rooms (during live hours for the event)

The remaining live hours are:
Friday 7-10pm
Saturday 7-10pm
Sunday 2-5pm

however, all but the live Q&A is available all the time from now on.

07/03/2020

SAVE THE DATES: Planning for a virtual AstroFest 2020 is underway! This year the event will be held online, accessible through a browser, between Thursday, August 13 and Sunday, August 16, 2020. The program will include presentations, virtual telescope viewing, demonstrations, virtual planetarium shows, and explorations of our video game virtual world we use for teaching general education astronomy classes at Penn State. All of the activities will be accompanied by safe, moderated chat rooms where guests can type in questions for a live speaker to answer. The times for the live portion of the program are to be announced, but many of the presentations and activities will be available to the public throughout the event and beyond. We hope to see you and any friends you should want to invite to our free, virtual program in August. More details will be posted as they become available.

Friedman Lecture in Astronomy - TOMORROW NIGHT!!!
02/26/2020

Friedman Lecture in Astronomy - TOMORROW NIGHT!!!

We are hosting alumna Maura McLaughlin on Thursday, February 27 at 7:00pm in 117 HUB-Robeson Center (Freeman Auditorium) for the 2019-2020 Friedman Lecture in Astronomy. McLaughlin studies stars called pulsars— compact, rapidly rotating stars born in supernova explosions—using the world's largest radio telescopes. The lecture is free and open to the public! We hope to see some of you there! Please feel free to share this invitation widely. ⭐️

We are hosting alumna Maura McLaughlin on Thursday, February 27 at 7:00pm in 117 HUB-Robeson Center (Freeman Auditorium)...
02/17/2020

We are hosting alumna Maura McLaughlin on Thursday, February 27 at 7:00pm in 117 HUB-Robeson Center (Freeman Auditorium) for the 2019-2020 Friedman Lecture in Astronomy. McLaughlin studies stars called pulsars— compact, rapidly rotating stars born in supernova explosions—using the world's largest radio telescopes. The lecture is free and open to the public! We hope to see some of you there! Please feel free to share this invitation widely. ⭐️

10/11/2019

It looks clear enough for an open house tonight (October 11)! 8:30-10:00 PM on the rooftop (6th floor) of Davey Lab!
See you there!

09/27/2019

Free Public Telescope Open House tonight (9/27) from 8:30-10:00 pm on the rooftop (6th floor) of Davey Lab!

See you there!

09/06/2019

If our skies stay clear enough, the Penn State Astronomy Club will host rooftop telescope observing on the 6th floor Davey Lab Observatory tonight at 8:30pm. Free and open to everyone!

07/14/2019

We are down to the final 20 minutes of AstroFest 2019 - thank you to everyone who attended this year! Don’t forget to look for us in 2020!

Here is tonight's schedule!  Hope to see you all here.  We should have a beautiful, clear night.  Just a reminder -- the...
07/13/2019

Here is tonight's schedule! Hope to see you all here. We should have a beautiful, clear night. Just a reminder -- the telescopes will be set up when it is dark on the front steps of Osmond Lab because the roof of Davey Lab is under construction.

07/13/2019

The roof is under construction this year, but we have our telescopes set up in front of Osmond lab - you can still see Jupiter during AstroFest!

We have one change from this version of the schedule the "Understanding the Night Sky" talk will be held at 8:30, and "S...
07/12/2019

We have one change from this version of the schedule the "Understanding the Night Sky" talk will be held at 8:30, and "Sizes of Things in the Universe" will be held at 10:30 tonight.

Here is tonight's schedule!
07/11/2019

Here is tonight's schedule!

AstroFest set for four-night run July 10-13 | Penn State University
07/10/2019
AstroFest set for four-night run July 10-13 | Penn State University

AstroFest set for four-night run July 10-13 | Penn State University

Penn State's "AstroFest" program, a four-night festival of astronomy activities and stargazing, will welcome visitors for its 21st year from July 10 to 13. The program will run from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. each night during the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts. Events are free and will occur rai...

AstroFest is right around the corner from July 10 to July 13, 8:30 pm - 11:30 pm each night. Here’s a sneak peek of this...
07/02/2019

AstroFest is right around the corner from July 10 to July 13, 8:30 pm - 11:30 pm each night. Here’s a sneak peek of this year’s t-shirt design by our always amazing artist Nahks Tr'Ehnl. This year, they will be glow-in-the-dark!

04/09/2019

Reminder: Tonight is the Lecture on the PSU / NASA rocket program! 7pm in room 100 Thomas. Hope to see some of you there!

Our second upcoming event is this spring's Friedman Lecture in Astronomy, all about our Suborbital Rocket program.  Plea...
03/26/2019

Our second upcoming event is this spring's Friedman Lecture in Astronomy, all about our Suborbital Rocket program. Please join us April 9 at 7pm in room 100 Thomas on Penn State's University Park campus. Both this event and the April 2 talk are free and open to the public.

We have a few events coming up for those who want to learn more about astronomy. The first is that the "Center for Exopl...
03/26/2019
10 Year Anniversary of Center for Exoplanets & Habitable Worlds

We have a few events coming up for those who want to learn more about astronomy. The first is that the "Center for Exoplanets and Habitable Worlds" is celebrating their 10th anniversary next week on April 2, and they will have an evening public talk called "The Future of Characterization of Exoplanets & Habitable Worlds" at 6:00pm in the Berg Auditorium of the Life Sciences Building on the University Park Campus. http://exoplanets.psu.edu/10-year-anniversary-of-center-for-exoplanets-habitable-worlds/

The Center for Exoplanets & Habitable Worlds is celebrating its 10th anniversary in academic year 2018/19. To commemorate the occasion, we’re organizing a one day event on April 2, 2019. …

02/08/2019

Howdy Friends of AstroFest! As long as the clear weather holds, the Penn State Astronomy Club is planning an open house telescope night tonight on the roof of Davey Lab beginning at 8:30pm. Free and open to everyone. Dress warmly if you plan to attend, though!

A celebration of science! Come listen as local author and Penn State Astronomy Professor Julia Kregenow brings the Unive...
12/04/2018
Starry Story Time

A celebration of science! Come listen as local author and Penn State Astronomy Professor Julia Kregenow brings the Universe down to Earth for all ages.

Starry Story Time scroll down for more details… (Download PDF of flier) Saturday December 8, 2018 11:30am-12:30pm Barnes and Noble State College 365 Benner Pike, State College, PA 16801 Space-themed stories, pictures, demos, music, activities, and Q&A A celebration of science! Come listen as local...

10/16/2018

This weekend is Parents & Families weekend at Penn State! We run an event we call "AstroNight"- it will be held Saturday the 20th from 8:30 - 11:30pm. It is very similar to one night of AstroFest, although we won't have quite as many activities as we do in July. The event is aimed mostly at Penn State students and their families, but it is free and open to everyone. Please do join us if you are able!

For other family-friendly fun, also consider attending "Haunted-U," a Halloween-themed science festival running before AstroNight from 6:30-9:00. Check out Science-U (Penn State Science Camps-Official Page) for more info.

09/28/2018

I see some blue sky out there after all the rain! Our meteorology friends down the road tell us that it is supposed to clear up, so we are planning to open the telescopes tonight at 8:30pm for a free, open to the public stargazing open house. Just be sure to check the weather before heading our way, as we won't know until closer to 8:30 if it will clear as predicted.

09/21/2018

We are expecting the clouds to roll in tonight for a storm, but the Astro Club is planning a planetarium show tonight! Free, and open to the public, show begins at 8:30pm sharp. If you are interested, it will be held in 541A Davey Lab on the 5th floor.

08/24/2018

The Penn State Astronomy Club will be opening the telescopes on the roof of Davey Lab at 8:30pm for an open house. Weather looks good, so please feel free to come by if you want to do some telescope observing. The event is free and open to the public.

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The Public Open House tonight is cancelled due to weather. Reminder that there will be no open house next Friday due to Penn State closing for Spring Break. Hopefully, we will see you all on March 20th.
Public Open House tonight is cancelled. Looks like it's too cloudy for observing. See you later in the semester!
It's going to be cloudy and rainy tonight - so there will be NO public open tonight. Have a great weekend - and we hope to see you next time!!!
Due to the weather, the Public Open House tonight is cancelled. Be sure to check us out next semester - our first Open House of the Spring Semester will be Friday, January 17th (weather permitting). Have a great holiday break!
Because most of our volunteers are traveling this weekend to be with family over Thanksgiving Break, the public open house tonight is cancelled. We hope to see you Friday December 6th at our next open house! Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
Just as a reminder - we are hosting a Public Open House tonight on the the 6th floor of Davey Lab on the Penn State Campus from 8:30 - 10:00 pm. Bundle up and come on out to look at the stars!
My Astronomy club in the Hazleton area would like to connect with your organization for some future star parties in 2020. Our website is www.ghaas.org and we have been around since 1977. We want to stimulate the public in my area to take a big interest on observing the night sky!
Free Public Telescope Open House tonight (9/27) from 8:30-10:00 pm on the rooftop (6th floor) of Davey Lab! See you there!
Just one night is not enough to go through all the activities available! All the presenters are great.
Penn State's popular "AstroFest" program — a four-night festival of astronomy activities and stargazing run by the Penn State Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics — will welcome visitors from Wednesday, July 10, through Saturday, July 13, running from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. each night during the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts ✨ 🔭
Thanks.😃