Siding Spring Observatory (SSO) celebrates not one, but three significant anniversaries in 2014. In 1964 SSO was established with the opening of the ANU 40 inch Telescope marking its 50th anniversary, the Anglo-Australian Telescope, Australiaâ€™s largest optical telescope will celebrate its 40th anniversary and the ANU 2.3m Advance Technology Telescope will celebrate its 30th anniversary.
To mark these three significant anniversaries, the SSO astronomical institutions join under the banner of StarFest for a very special long weekend in October. StarFest includes the popular Bok Lecture with Andy Thomas, the exciting Science in the Pub (featuring Robyn Williams, Fred Watson, Charley Lineweaver, Amanda Bauer and Joss Bland Hawthorn) and the full array of Open Day activities that occur on top of Siding Spring Observatory. This year introduces a special evening event at Milroy Observatory with special guest speakers Prof Brian Schmidt and Dr David Malin. Come and enjoy an evening of wine, canapes and star viewings.
For more information (and to book tickets) visit www.starfest.org.au