News and Events
School Holiday Activites
We had a very busy time during the recent NSW school holidays, with kids' holiday activities well attended and in demand. The workshops included Solar Viewing, T-shirt Chromatography and a fun physics challenge called the Marble Run.
Due to the great response more workshops will be scheduled in January 2014. Bookings will be essential to secure a place - watch this space for more information.
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.