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Ulverstone hosts nation's largest astronomy festival - Tastrofest 2017

The science lectures include space archaeologist, Dr Alice Gorman, on the impact of the space race on society and astrophysicist, Jules Harnett, talking about the 747 jet NASA turned into a flying observatory. Dr Harnett was born at Penguin and has
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  6/23/2018Starstruck at TastroFest | The Advocate The sky’s the limit at Australia’s largest astronomy festival which this year boasts a stadium-sized spaceshuttle. “When you say to me astronomy festival I say space shuttle so I just went and had one made,” saidTastroFest founder and director Brittany Trubody.The replica of the space shuttle Discovery barely fits inside the Ulverstone Sports and Leisure Centre at 9.6metres tall. The impressive inflatable structure is 15.5 metres wide and 25 metres long“I wanted a full scale replica but it just would not fit, so had to settle for just over two thirds,” Ms Trubodysaid. TastroFest is on from Thursday to Saturday to coincide with National Science Week. About 1000 schoolchildren are set to visit on Thursday and Friday before the doors open to the public from 6pm until 9pm onFriday and Saturday from 9am until 9pm. “Our mission is to teach everyone how to enjoy the night sky,” Ms Trubody said. She said because Tasmania had some of the cleanest and clearest skies in the world it stands to reasonwe celebrate our location with a festival of astronomy.  6/23/2018Starstruck at TastroFest | The Advocate   Stargazer: TastroFest founder and director, BrittanyTrubody, had a massive shuttle replica made for this year'sevent at Ulverstone. Picture: Scott Gelston. When TastroFest began three years ago it was held at the Ulverstone Civic Centre but had grown so rapidly iteasily filled the sports centre. “There is so much going on when the doors open to the public on Friday night. with the planetarium andirtual reality experiences, plus live science shows”.Tasmanian Astronomical Society president, Steve Harvey, will present a telescope workshop and an eveningiewing session. Astrophotographer, Peter Sayers, will teach people how to attach a camera to takespectacular shots.“There will be at least five telescopes and we’re encouraging people to bring their own telescopes for Steveto walk them through using them.”At 7pm there’s a free movie screening of WALL-E and the main exhibition space is open until 9pm“Tickets are valid both days. If you come to the movie on Friday night come back on Saturday and see adifferent movie like Planet 51 or Hidden Figures,” Ms Trubody said.The science lectures include space archaeologist, Dr Alice Gorman, on the impact of the space race onsociety and astrophysicist, Jules Harnett, talking about the 747 jet NASA turned into a flying observatory. DrHarnett was born at Penguin and has worked at NASA and all around the world.“We also have the Cosplay guys and we’re encouraging kids to come dressed up as their favouritecharacters,” Ms Trubody said.  6/23/2018Starstruck at TastroFest | The Advocate  powered by plista TastroFest costs: $10 adults and $5 children under 12. Family tickets are $20 for four kids and twoadults.  SHARETWEET Local News RECOMMENDED Body found in the MerseyRiver LOCAL NEWS Man charged over fire atKmart in Devonport LOCAL NEWS LIVE FROM 2pm: Saturdaysport LOCAL NEWS Man in custody after EastDevonport incident LOCAL NEWS Four car crash at Cooee LOCAL NEWS Three men arrestedfollowing alleged armed... LOCAL NEWS New life for oldHydro station LOCAL NEWS Logan’s road to recovery LOCAL NEWS Vie Local Business Your Business Listing SIGN UP  Island escape Relax & escape the 'Rat Race' at Captain Cook HolidayPark   Door-To-Door Carrier Providing a reliable, efficient, quality service at all times.   ADD

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