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Elvis at the Dish - The brightest stars in heaven

Rick Mackaway dressed as Elvis.

Parkes Elvis Festival.

When: Wednesday, 7th January 2015

Time: 7.30pm (Arrival and dinner from 6pm)

Where: CSIRO Parkes Radio Telescope ‘the Dish’ – 585 Telescope Road, Parkes (20kms north of Parkes on the Newell Highway)

What: Enjoy a fantastic evening of entertainment and food as we celebrate the start of the 2015 Parkes Elvis Festival at The Dish.

Rising Elvis tribute artist ‘Shakin’ Rick Mackaway’ will perform the King’s greatest hits in front of the world-famous CSIRO Parkes Radio Telescope. For the first time the two icons of Parkes NSW will combine in celebration of the King’s 80th birthday.

Artists: Shakin' Rick Mackaway and The Wilsonics. Shakin' Rick Mackaway was the winner of the 2014 ETA (Elvis Tribute Artist) competition at the 2nd Annual Blue Mountains Elvis Festival.

Tickets: available at the Parkes dish online shop.

  • Adult: $15
  • Child 12-17: $7.50
  • Child under 12: Free.

Transport: Western Road Liners depart Cooke Park, Welcome Street, 5:45pm for the CSIRO Parkes Observatory Visitors Centre.

Meals: Full details and bookings at the Parkes dish online shop.

  • sit down dinner: Main (chicken or steak) & dessert $45 each
  • picnic hamper: selection of cheese, salads and wraps $33 each. BYO blanket; picnic tables available
  • kid’s option: Hot dog or nuggets, plus chips & fruit drink $10 each
  • Beer, wine & drinks available – additional
  • BYO food and drinks not permitted
  • view details of meal and hamper options [Word 158KB].

For enquiries phone the CSIRO Parkes Observatory Visitors Centre on 02 6861 1777 or visit Parkes Elvis Festival [external link].

21st July 2014 is the 45th Anniversary of Apollo 11


July 21st 1969 was the day when the world stopped to witness those shimmering TV images of humanity’s first steps on the surface of the Moon.

Those images were returned to Earth and broadcast worldwide with the support of the CSIRO’s Parkes Radio Telescope – the Dish.

To mark the 45th anniversary of that historic moment when astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the lunar surface, the Visitor Discovery Centre at the Dish is holding a special exhibition of photographs from NASA’s Apollo missions to the Moon.

On loan from Australian space enthusiast Bruce Thompson, the exhibit illustrates the power of what humans can do when we set our sights on the stars.

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)

Visitors to the Dish can also learn more about the important role played at Parkes in the Apollo missions and see the actual Dish that helped to capture that ‘one small step’.

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.