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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.

2015 Presentations

Wednesday:

How to Search for Life by Natasha Batalha - 8:30 and 10:00

Things that Go Boom by Mike Seigel - 9:00 and 11:00

Penn State's Astro 001 Video Game by Nahks Tr'Ehnl - 9:30

Astronomy Idol hosted by Danny Barringer - 10:30

The Astrophysics of Time by Derek Fox - 9:00

A Tour of Galaxies with the Hubble Space Telescope by Kevin Luhman - 9:30

Pluto Doesn't Need To Be A Planet To Be Awesome by Andrea Harman - 10:00

The Existential Astronomer by Derek Fox - 10:30

Comet and Asteroid Impacts by Kevin Luhman - 11:00

Thursday:

The Astrophysics of Time by Derek Fox - 8:30

Astronomically Accurate "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" Family Singalong by Julia Kregenow - 9:00

A Tour of Galaxies with the Hubble Space Telescope by Kevin Luhman - 9:30

The Existential Astronomer by Derek Fox - 10:00

Astronomy Idol hosted by Danny Barringer - 10:30

How to Search for Life by Natasha Batalha - 8:30 and 11:00

Einstein in Wonderland: Down the Black Hole by Brian Pomerantz - 9:00 and 10:30

Robotics in Space by Michael Paul - 9:30

Pluto Doesn't Need To Be A Planet To Be Awesome by Andrea Harman - 10:00

Friday:

Einstein in Wonderland: Down the Black Hole by Brian Pomerantz - 8:30 and 9:30

Penn State's Astro 001 Video Game by Nahks Tr'Ehnl - 9:00 and 10:00

Astronomy Idol hosted by Chris Culliton - 10:30

A Tour of Galaxies with the Hubble Space Telescope by Kevin Luhman - 11:00

Astronomy the Ultimate Science by Jim Steamer - 8:30 and 10:00

Things that Go Boom in the Night by Mike Seigel - 9:00 and 10:30

Searching for Planet X by Kevin Luhman - 9:30

Saturday:

Science, Religion, and the Nature of Existence by Kevin Luhman - 8:30

Astronomically Accurate "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" Family Singalong by Julia Kregenow - 9:00

Characterizing Earth-size Planets with NASA's Kepler Mission by Eric Ford - 9:30 and 11:00

The Great Pluto Debate - 10:00

Astronomy Idol hosted by Danny Barringer - 10:30

The NASA Swift observatory and the Hunt for Gamma-Ray Bursts by Dirk Grupe - 8:30

Avoiding Disaster:  NASA's Launch Abort System by Matt Vincigurerra - 9:00 and 11:00

A Tour of Galaxies with the Hubble Space Telescope by Kevin Luhman - 9:30

Black Holes: How to 'see' the invisible? by Dirk Grupe - 10:00

Penn State's Astro 001 Video Game by Nahks Tr'Ehnl - 10:30

2015 Activities