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Since 1999, Penn State Astronomy students, faculty, and friends have been inviting the public to Davey Lab for AstroFest, a four night festival of Astronomy held concurrently with the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts. For 2017, AstroFest will be held each evening from 8:30-11:30 pm from Wednesday, July 12 through Saturday, July 15. AstroFest features many exciting activities, talks, and presentations, including stargazing through the telescopes on the roof of Davey Lab.

2017 Presentations

Wednesday:

Room 541

  • Sizes of Things in the Universe by Kevin Luhman - 8:30
  • Scientifically Accurate "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" Family Sing Along by Julia Kregenow - 9:00
  • The Great American Eclipse of 2017 by Chris Palma - 9:30
  • Sizes of Things in the Universe by Kevin Luhman - 10:00
  • Astronomy Idol featuring multiple astronomers - 10:30
  • Detecting Gravitational Waves with LIGO by Michael Rodruck - 11:00

Room 530

  • The TRAPPIST 1 Planetary System: Your New Tiny Red Home by Rebekah Dawson - 8:30
  • Detecting Gravitational Wave with LIGO by Michael Rodruck - 9:00
  • Highlights from the Hubble Space Telescope by Caryl Gronwall - 9:30
  • The TRAPPIST 1 Planetary System: Your Tiny New Red Home by Rebekah Dawson - 10:00
  • The Astronomy 1 Video Game by Nahks Tr'Ehnl - 10:30
  • The Great American Eclipse of 2017 with Chris Palma - 11:00

Thursday:

Room 541

  • How Common Are Earth-Size Planets? by Eric Ford - 8:30
  • A Tour of Galaxies with the Hubble Space Telescope by Kevin Luhman - 9:00
  • The Astronomy 1 Video Game by Nahks Tr’Ehnl - 9:30
  • How Common Are Earth-Size Planets? by Eric Ford 10:00
  • Astronomy Idol featuring multiple astronomers - 10:30
  • A Tour of Galaxies with the Hubble Space Telescope by Kevin Luhman - 11:00

Room 530

  • The Great American Eclipse of 2017 by Chris Palma - 8:30
  • Twinkle, twinkle:  no need to wonder with Julia Kregenow - 9:00
  • The Sound of Two Black Holes Merging by Derek Fox - 9:30
  • The Great American Eclipse of 2017 by Chris Palma - 10:00
  • The Existential Astronomer by Derek Fox - 10:30

Friday:

Room 541

  • The Existential Astronomer by Derek Fox - 8:30
  • The TRAPPIST 1 Planetary System: Your New Tiny Red Home by Rebekah Dawson - 9:00
  • Highlights from the Hubble Space Telescope by Caryl Gronwall - 9:30
  • The TRAPPIST 1 Planetary System: Your New Tiny Red Home by Rebekah Dawson - 10:00
  • Astronomy Idol featuring multiple astronomers - 10:30
  • The Sound of Two Black Holes Merging by Derek Fox - 11:00

Room 530

  • The Great American Eclipse of 2017 by Chris Palma - 8:30
  • Sizes of Things in the Universe by Kevin Luhman - 9:00
  • Dark Energy and the Fate of the Universe by Donghui Jeong - 9:30
  • Sizes of Things in the Universe by Kevin Luhman - 10:00
  • Highlights from the Hubble Space Telescope by Caryl Gronwall - 10:30
  • Dark Energy and the Fate of the Universe by Donghui Jeong - 11:00

Saturday:

Room 541

  • Detecting Gravitational Waves with LIGO by Michael Rodruck - 8:30
  • Dark Energy and the Fate of the Universe by Donghui Jeong - 9:00
  • The Astronomy 1 Video Game by Nahks Tr’Ehnl - 9:30
  • The Great American Eclipse of 2017 by Chris Palma - 10:00
  • Astronomy Idol featuring the winners from previous nights - 10:30
  • Dark Energy and the Fate of the Universe by Donghui Jeong - 11:00

Room 530

  • A Tour of Galaxies with the Hubble Space Telescope by Kevin Luhman - 8:30
  • Twinkle, twinkle:  no need to wonder with Julia Kregenow - 9:00
  • The Mysterious Moons of Jupiter by Ross Campanella - 9:30
  • A Tour of Galaxies with the Hubble Space Telescope by Kevin Luhman - 10:00
  • The Mysterious Moons of Jupiter by Ross Campanella - 10:30
  • Detecting Gravitational Waves with LIGO by Michael Rodruck - 11:00

2017 Activities