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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 2018, AstroFest will be held each evening from 8:30-11:30 pm from Wednesday, July 11 through Saturday, July 14. AstroFest features many exciting activities, talks, and presentations, including stargazing through the telescopes on the roof of Davey Lab.

2018 Presentations

Wednesday:

Room 541

  • Things that Go Boom in the Night by Mike Siegel - 8:30
  • A Trip to the Virgo Galaxy Cluster by Pat Durrell - 9:00
  • The Space Race by Michael Rodruck - 9:30
  • The Origin of Elements by Kevin Luhman - 10:00
  • Astronomy Idol featuring multiple astronomers - 10:30
  • A Trip to the Virgo Galaxy Cluster by Pat Durrell - 11:00

Room 530

  • The ABCs of Space (Kids' talk, suitable for all ages) by Julia Kregenow - 9:00
  • Things that Go Boom in the Night by Mike Siegel - 9:30
  • Can You Swim out of a Black Hole? by Kallan Berglund - 10:00
  • Lives & Deaths of Stars by Kim Herrmann - 10:30
  • The Space Race by Michael Rodruck - 11:00

Thursday:

Room 541

  • The Future of the Universe by Evan Bray - 8:30
  • Sizes of Things in the Universe by Kevin Luhman - 9:00
  • Galactic Trainwrecks by Mike Eracleous - 9:30
  • Lives & Deaths of Stars by Kim Herrmann - 10:00
  • Astronomy Idol featuring multiple astronomers - 10:30
  • Can You Swim out of a Black Hole? by Kallan Berglund - 11:00

Room 530

  • A Trip to the Virgo Galaxy Cluster by Pat Durrell - 8:30
  • Phases of the Moon (Kids' talk, suitable for all ages) by Kim Herrmann - 9:00
  • On the Hunt for Exoplanets by Eric Ford - 9:30
  • A Trip to the Virgo Galaxy Cluster by Pat Durrell - 10:00
  • The Space Race by Michael Rodruck - 10:30
  • Galactic Trainwrecks by Mike Eracleous - 11:00

Friday:

Room 541

  • Astronomy in, from, and for the Animal Kingdom by Pragati Pradhan - 8:30
  • The Space Race by Michael Rodruck - 9:00
  • Mind-Bending Black Holes by Mike Eracleous - 9:30
  • A Tour of Galaxies with the Hubble Space Telescope by Kevin Luhman - 10:00
  • Astronomy Idol presentations featuring multiple astronomers - 10:30
  • A Penn State Alum at Space X by Scott Gauer (remotely) - 11:00

Room 530

  • A Tour of Galaxies with the Hubble Space Telescope by Kevin Luhman - 8:30
  • The ABCs of Space (Kids' talk, suitable for all ages) by Julia Kregenow - 9:00
  • Things that Go Boom in the Night by Mike Siegel - 9:30
  • Astronomy in, from, and for the Animal Kingdom by Pragati Pradhan - 10:00
  • Lives & Deaths of Stars by Kim Herrmann - 10:30
  • Dead Stars, Lasers, and Einstein: The Story of Gravitational Waves by Sydney Chamberlin - 11:00

    Saturday:

    Room 541

    • Galactic Trainwrecks by Mike Eracleous - 8:30
    • The Future of the Universe by Evan Bray - 9:00
    • Astronomy in, from, and for the Animal Kingdom by Pragati Pradhan - 9:30
    • Can You Swim Out of a Black Hole by Kallan Berglund - 10:00
    • Astronomy Idol presentations featuring multiple astronomers - 10:30
    • The Sizes of Things in the Universe by Kevin Luhman - 11:00

    Room 530

    • A Trip to the Virgo Galaxy Cluster by Pat Durrell - 8:30
    • The ABCs of Space by Julia Kregenow - 9:00
    • The Sizes of Things in the Universe by Kevin Luhman - 9:30
    • Things that Go Boom in the Night by Mike Siegel - 10:00
    • The Future of the Universe by Evan Bray - 10:30
    • Galactic Trainwrecks by Mike Eracleous - 11:00

        2018 Activities