- ..Mount Magnet Astro Rocks fest is an annual, science based astro geo-tourism community event...."in the Murchison Geo Region of Western Australia" - Friday 20th, Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd September 2019.
Astro Rocks Fest is a weekend designed with a focus on astro geo - tourism, but also has so much more to offer for everyone.
Astro Rocks fest is packed with activities to delight the senses. Touch, Feel, Look, and Taste your way through an amazing weekend.
Winthrop Professor Andrew Whiteley
Saturday 21st September 9.30am - 10.15am ANZAC Hall
MicroBlitz is a really BIG citizen science project which seeks to survey and map the composition of the very small microbes in the soils across WA, through use of modern DNA sequencing. This will be presented by MicroBlitz founder, Winthrop Professor Andy Whiteley.
“Symphony of the Soil”
Saturday 21st September 10.30am - 11.15am
“Symphony of the Soil” is an acclaimed film;
“Unfolding with gentle joy and an unexpected beauty, this film is an ode to the miracle of the Earth’s topmost layer and gives us a new found respect for the ground beneath our feet.” Jeanette Calioulli NEW YORK TIMES
Directed by Deborah Koons, music by Todd Boekelheide. Nominated for News and Documentary Emmy Award for outstanding Music and Sound.
DATING OLD ROCKS: The Boogardie Orbicular Granite
Michael Wingate GSWA
Saturday 21st September 11.30am - 12.15pm ANZAC Hall
Ever wondered just how old that rock you picked up might be? Geological Survey of WA geochronology manager Dr Michael Wingate returns to Astro Rocks Fest to share how the age of old rocks is determined, illustrating this by using the age of locally sourced Orbicular Granite.
BIO: Dr Michael Wingate graduated from the Australian National University, held several research positions at the University of Western Australia, and currently is the manager of Geochronology and Geochemistry at the Geological Survey of Western Australia (GSWA). His most important role at GSWA is determining the ages of rocks and helping to understand the geological evolution of Western Australia. Established more than 130 years ago, GSWA is an integral part of the Mines Department (in its various names under different governments), providing geoscience information to the public, government, and the exploration
BIO: Aaron Raddock - Reeds Prospecting
Aaron Raddock is an experienced Exploration Geologist with 25 years experience working for multinational mining companies on global exploration projects throughout Australia and Western Australia and as a consultant geologist for small and medium-sized gold companies. He is owner of Reeds Prospecting in Midvale, Australia’s first Prospecting Super Store, offering Australia’s largest product range for gold prospecting detectors and supplies, small mining operations equipment and “a full treasure metal detector range.” He leads a team offering training courses including in advanced prospecting methods, essential knowledge in modern prospecting software and interpreting geology maps. www.reedsprospecting.com.au
Reeds Prospecting Demos, Display & Sales
Aaron Raddock Sunday 22 nd September 10.00am - 11.00am ANZAC
Hall “EVOLUTION OF PROSPECTING AND METAL DETECTOR TIPS; WHERE TO FIND
GOLD - GOLD REGIONS OF WA”Aaron will be holding workshops and demos with lots of hands on interaction, he will be able to answer all your questions and help with your detector issues if you have any. Make sure you come and visit his stall.
Aaron will be bringing supplies and setting up a popup shop.
Aaron will also be giving a presentation too.
Wirnda Barna Artists - Mount Magnet Quilt Project
WIRNDA BARNA CANVAS AND QUILT ART EXHIBITION
Wirnda Barna Artists from Mount Magnet and Yalgoo Arts and Culture Centre are collaborating with “The Mount Magnet Quilt Project” art quilters, to bring together the 2019 Mount Magnet Astro Rocks Fest Art Exhibition. This is a unique collaboration in which the landscapes, night sky and First Nation stories of the Murchison and other regions of WA are expressed on both canvas and through textile art quilting and stitch work. Most Exhibition Art is offered for sale and may be collected after the Exhibition has closed on Sunday or will be posted. Greeting cards with images of the quilts and small patchwork items will also be available for sale.
Wirnda Barna Canvas and Quilt Art Exhibition
Wirnda Barna Art Centre Gallery .............. Friday 20th September 12noon-4pm...................Saturday 21st September 8.30am - 2.30pm......................................................
Sunday 22nd September 8.30am - 2.30pm...................................................
Sunday 22nd September 11.30am - 12.00pm PRESENTATION “Mount Magnet Quilt Project” - (will close early if no patrons).
Astrophotography Exhibition curated by Dr John Goldsmith.
Saturday 21st 8.00am - 2.30pm and Sunday 22nd 8.30am - 4.00pm September (Times TBC) ANZAC Hall
COSMOS, CULTURE & LANDSCAPE introduction to Astro Landscape
Photography Workshop. Booking/RSVP essential:
ANZAC HALL Sunday 22 nd September 3.00pm - 4.00pm
Followed by NIGHT SESSION
Sunday 22 nd September 5.00pm - 7.00pm ‘Astrophotography Workshop ‘ at
“The Ampitheatre” 7km from Mount Magnet [Transport TBC]
Bookings/RSVP Essential and further questions:
“The Day we Discovered the Universe”
Saturday 21st September 8.00am - 9.00am ANZAC Hall
Richard Tonello will present the story of a number of great astronomers (Hubble, Shapley and Curtis) and especially, Henrietta Swan -Leavitt and her discovery of a way to measure the universe. This will be followed by a tour of the observable Universe.
BIO: Richard Tonello is the Manager and Senior Astronomer Gravity Discovery Centre and Observatory near Gin Gin WA, creating WA’s first Dark Sky Reserve. Richard is also the owner operator of Astronomy Education Services and has participated each year at Astro Rocks Fest.
Earthquakes in WA-Present Past & Wayback
Klaus Gessner GSWA
Sunday 22nd September 2019
9.00am - 9.45am ANZAC Hall
What do we know about this ancient earth beneath our feet and is it as stable as we think? How far back is there evidence of a seismic rupture right here on our doorstep? Klaus Gessner will help reveal a shifting earth beneath our feet and resultant earthquakes.
Sunday 22nd September 2019
10am - 1pm
Klaus Gessner will lead a self drive tag along, 4WD only Field Trip: to a granite
outcrop showing evidence for an early seismic rupture.
Bookings essential. DEPARTURE POINT immediately behind
ANZAC Hall. See Menu Heading 2019 Information Field Trips
BIO: Klaus Gessner
Klaus Gessner is a German - Australian geologist working in the Geological Survey of Western Australia (GSWA), a Division of the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety. Klaus has an Msc in Geology from Frankfurt University and a PhD from University of Mainz. After working in research and teaching roles at CSIRO and UWA, he joined GSWA in 2012 to establish a team that integrates geophysical observations and geological data in 3D computer models of the earth’s crust. Klaus has a professional interest in fault rocks, earthquakes and ore deposits.
ASTROFEST Friday 20th September ASTROFEST 4.30pm - 9pm
This is the 7th Astro Fest evening, the International Centre Radio Astronomy Research’s (ICRAR’s) Curtin University and UWA Outreach and Education program will oversee. ICRAR collaborates with Fireballs in the Sky, Scitech, Richard Tonello’s Astronomy Education Services, Carol Redford Stargazers Club WA and a number of amateur astronomers who volunteer their telescopes and knowledge for this night of nights in the Murchison Region of Western Australia.
ASTROFEST Friday 20th September 2019 4.30pm - 9pm
A night dedicated to looking up and towards the centre of our galaxy, to marvel at our celestial neighbours and the big emu of local Aboriginal astronomy - in one of the darkest and quietest radio astronomy regions in the world.
• Solar Viewing
• Take a look through large telescopes at different parts of the night sky
• Talk with the astronomers
• Discover more about ASKAP Murchison Radio-Astronomy Observatory, SKA and MWA
• Astrofest WA Astrophotography Exhibition
• Laser Universe and Night Sky Tours
• Space Dome laser tour
• Wall screen astro images
• Rockets, Activities and Displays
• Bring your own picnic or Food Stall available.
NATIONAL ROCK GARDEN:
“Practical experience in establishing a National Rock Garden in the National Capital, with hints for the future development of a rock garden in Mount Magnet (or your town).
Mike Smith, Director National Rock Garden Sunday 22nd September 8.15am - 9.00am ANZAC Hall presentation. Sunday Informal Workshop 2.30pm - 3.30pm “Hints on how to develop a community rock garden” Venue: north end of Federation Park near skate park. Outstanding opportunity to talk and listen to the expert. Come with your questions and be part of the conversation. [See 2019 Information for BIO Mike Smith]
FIREBALLS IN THE SKY:
“Searching for Space Rocks: from drones in our skies to impacts on Mars we are uncovering the mysteries of our Solar System.”
Space Science Technology Centre (SSTC), Curtin University - PHD Rock Stars Seamus Anderson (recently returned from working at NASA Goddard) and Ken Orr Saturday 21st September 12.15pm - 12.55pm ANZAC Hall presentation.
WORKSHOPS: Saturday 21st September 10.30am - 11.45am Sunday 10.00am - 12.00pm Federation Park “METEORITE OR WRONG” discovering about meteorites. “MARSQUAKES” [See 2019 Information for more from SSTC]
WEST AUSSIE REPTILES
Interactive Live Reptile Display Saturday 21st September 11.00am - 3.00pm Federation Park
Interactive Live Reptile Display Sunday 22nd September 9.00am - 11.45am Federation Park
WEST AUSSIE REPTILES: Gary Davies, Herpetologist
INTERACTIVE LIVE REPTILE EDUCATIONAL SESSION Sunday 22nd September 12.15pm - 1.45pm ANZAC Hall
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