2012 New England Fall Astronomy Festival
Friday, September 21 - Saturday, September 22, 2012
That's right, after the amazing success of the first ever New England Fall Astronomy Festival (NEFAF) last October, we've decided to do it again, bigger and better for 2012. NEFAF 2012 promises an immersive weekend of astronomy-related activities and experiences for children, families, and people of all ages and expertise. Hosted by the UNH Physics Department and staffed, organized, and driven by members of the astronomical community from throughout New England, NEFAF is sure to be a fun-filled event for the whole family that's not soon to be forgotten!
What's in store for NEFAF 2012?
- A keynote talk entitled “Dark Energy and the Runaway Universe” on Friday night, September 21 by noted astronomer Dr. Alex Filippenko, who you might recognize from the History Channel's documentary series, The Universe.
- Hands-on activities for kids and their families, including making your own sundial, moon phase clock, planisphere, and more!
- Fun astronomy-related games with cool prizes!
- Space face painting!
- Children's shows about astronomy in the Discovery Dome!
- Presentations for adults by astronomy and space experts
- Special talks, readings, and presentations for kids!
- Witness a weather balloon launch by the Plymouth State University Meteorology Program
- Demonstrations and exhibits by the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center, the Margaret and H.A. Rey Center, the UNH LunaCats, and many more!
- Meet NH's preeminent meteorite expert and learn how to identify rocks from space!
- Learn about the exciting space science research that's being done by scientists right here in NH
- Learn more about and interact with amateur astronomy clubs from all over New England
- Attend our Telescope Clinic! Find out what's ailing your personal telescope or how to use that one you bought but never fully understood. Or ask our experts about where you should start your new hobby!
- Solar and nighttime observing from dozens of telescopes of all shapes and sizes!
- Enter our raffle to win amazing prizes, including FOUR BRAND NEW TELESCOPES!
The 2012 NEFAF is being held at University of New Hampshire Observatory located on Spinney Lane in Durham, located on the west end of the campus, near the Old Durham Reservoir (click here for directions) and is 100% absolutley FREE thanks to generous support by BAE Systems, Inc.; Beswick Engineering; the Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space; the New Hampshire Astronomical Society; the University of New Hampshire; the UNH Physics Department; Unitil; and Vixen Optics.