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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 2016, AstroFest will be held each evening from 8:30-11:30 pm from Wednesday, July 13 through Saturday, July 16. 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.

2016 Presentations

Wednesday:

Characterizing Earth-size Planets with NASA's Kepler Mission - 8:30 and 10:00

A Tour of Galaxies with the Hubble Space Telescope by Kevin Luhman - 9:00

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

Solar System Riddles by Kim Herrmann - 9:30

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

Searching for Planet X by Kevin Luhman - 10:00

Astronomy Idol hosted by Danny Barringer - 10:30

Planetary Nebulae by Kim Herrmann - 10:30

Black Holes by Mike Eracleous - 11:00

Thursday:

Solar System Riddles by Kim Herrmann - 8:30

Gravitational Waves by Michael Rodruck - 9:00 and 10:00

Characterizing Earth-size Planets with NASA's Kepler Mission - 9:00 and 10:00

Phases of the Moon Demo - 9:30

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

Astronomy Idol hosted by Danny Barringer - 10:30

Comet and Asteroid Impacts by Kevin Luhman - 10:30

Galactic Trainwrecks by Mike Eracleous - 11:00

Friday:

Things that Go Boom in the Night by Mike Seigel - 8:30 and 10:00

Penn State's Astro 001 Video Game by Nahks Tr'Ehnl - 8:30

Solar System Riddles by Kim Herrmann - 9:00

Giant Planet Surprises by Rebekah Dawson - 9:30 and 11:00

Comet and Asteroid Impacts by Kevin Luhman - 9:30

Planetary Nebulae by Kim Herrmann - 10:00

Astronomy Idol hosted by Danny Barringer - 10:30

Black Holes by Mike Eracleous - 10:30

Searching for Planet X by Kevin Luhman - 11:00

Saturday:

Black Holes by Mike Eracleous - 8:30

Gravitational Waves by Michael Rodruck - 8:30 and 10:00

Giant Planet Surprises by Rebekah Dawson - 9:00 and 10:30

Phases of the Moon Demo - 9:00

Astronomically Accurate "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" Family Singalong by Julia Kregenow - 9:30

Things that Go Boom in the Night by Mike Seigel - 9:30 and 11:00

A Tour of Galaxies with the Hubble Space Telescope by Kevin Luhman - 10:00

Astronomy Idol hosted by Danny Barringer - 10:30

Galactic Trainwrecks by Mike Eracleous - 11:00

2016 Activities