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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 2015, AstroFest will be held each evening from 8:30-11:30 pm from Wednesday, July 8 through Saturday, July 11. AstroFest features many exciting activities, talks, and presentations, including stargazing through the telescopes on the roof of Davey Lab.

We will update the list of presentations closer to the date, but in the meantime, you can refer to the list of presentations from last year to get an idea for what to expect this year.

2014 Presentations

(2015 presentations coming soon)

  • Astronomy Idol Competition hosted by Danny Barringer - 11:00 Wednesday; 10:30 Thursday, Friday, and Saturday
  • Star Trek Performance directed by Ravi Kopparapu - 9:00 and 10:30 Wednesday; 9:00 and 11:00 Friday
  • Our Place in the Galaxy Children's Presentation by Tim Gleason - 9:30 Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday

  • Gamma Ray Bursts: The Very Bright Death of Stars by Boris Sbarufatti - 9:00 and 10:00 Saturday

  • Searching for Planet X by Kevin Luhman - 8:30 and 10:00 Thursday; 9:00 and 10:00 Friday; 9:00 and 11:00 Saturday

  • Life in the Universe: From Soup to Cells by Kristine Richter - 9:00 and 10:00 Thursday; 8:30 and 10:00 Saturday

  • The Local Group: Our Galaxy's Neighborhood by Boris Sbarufatti - 9:30 and 10:30 Wednesday and Thursday
  • Things that Go Boom by Mike Seigel - 8:30 and 10:00 Wednesday; 9:30 and 10:30 Friday

  • Cosmic Evolution: Life, the Universe, and Everything by Brian Pomerantz - 9:00 and 11:00 Thursday; 8:30 and 10:00 Friday

2015 Activities