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School Holiday Science Workshops

The next NSW school holidays are fast approaching once again, and the CSIRO Parkes Observatory Visitors Centre is pleased to offer a chance for kids to engage in some science fun and games.

  • Activities commence 10am.
  • Bookings are essential and places are limited for the workshops.
  • Suitable for ages 7-14.

DNA Detectives – Mon Sep 29th

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!

Water Bottle Rockets – Wed Oct 1st

The challenge is to launch a Water Bottle rocket and beat the standing record of 123 metres. Working in pairs, you will experiment with air pressure, water quantity and launch angle to determine the optimum configuration of these elements.

As this is an outdoor activity, please bring a hat, sunscreen and water.

Marble Run – FRI OCT 3RD  

A challenge of angles and motion – beat the timer in this physics activity. Work in pairs and undertake a series of challenges constructing interconnecting runways for marbles. Sound simple? Every minor change has an affect further along!

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.

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

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)

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.