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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 2014, AstroFest will be held each evening from 8:30-11:30 pm from Wednesday, July 9 through Saturday, July 12. 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.

2013 Presentations

  • Biggest Monster in the Universe: Black Holes by Moupiya Maji - 9:00 and 11:00 Friday and 9:30 Saturday
  • Astronomy Idol Competition hosted by Brendan Mullan - 9:30 Wednesday, 10:30 Saturday

  • Star Trek Play by Ravi Kopparapu - 9:00 and 10:30 Thursday, 9:30 and 11:00 Friday

  • The First Massive Black Holes in the Universe by Yuexing Li - 9:00 and 10:00 Saturday

  • Magnetars: Some of the Most Extreme Objects in the Universe by Zach Prieskorn - 9:30 and 11:00 Wednesday; 10:30 Friday

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

  • Astrobiology and Life in the Universe by Zoe Todd - 9:00 and 11:00 Thursday; 9:00 Saturday

  • A Zombie Star Lurking in Our Cosmic Backyard by Brad Barlow - 9:30 Thursday; 8:30 and 10:00 Friday

  • SDSS: Planets, Stars, Galaxies, and Dark Energy by Suvrath Mahadevan - 9:00 and 10:30 Wednesday; 10:00 Thursday

  • The Nature of Time - Yesterday, Tomorrow, and the Birth of the Universe by Derek Fox - 10:30 Thursday and Saturday

  • Swift by Dirk Grupe - 8:30 and 10:00 Friday, 8:30 Saturday

  • Science, Religion, and the Nature of Existence by Kevin Luhman - 10:00 Wednesday; 8:30 and 10:30 Thursday

  • Cosmic Evolution: Life, the Universe, and Everything by Brian Pomerantz - 10:00 Thursday; 9:30 and 11:00 Saturday
  • Interstellar Archeology: Finding Our Future by Brendan Mullan- 10:00 Monday; 8:30 and 11:00 Saturday
  • Large, Very Large, Infinite - Our Universe by the Numbers by Derek Fox - 9:00 Friday; 10:00 Saturday
  • NANOGrav: Seeing the Universe with Gravitational Waves by Michael Koop - 8:30 and 11:00 Wednesday; 9:30 Friday

2013 Activities

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