2017 Festival of Astronomy & Space
The University of Southern Queensland is proud to host the annual Festival of Astronomy & Space. The Festival, which will be held from October 3 to 10, 2017, celebrates astronomy and the space sciences, from our traditional knowledge about the night sky to the edge of the Universe. All events during the Festival of Astronomy & Space are free and open to the public.
View the full timetable of events (PDF 18KB)
The 2017 Festival of Astronomy & Space is also part of World Space Week and its theme of 'Exploring New Worlds in Space', with USQ's particular research focus being to discover and characterise new planetary systems around stars other than the Sun.
About the Festival
A free Festival, open to all, with a series of evening talks about the Universe.
3 October 2017 - Day 1 - hear from Professor Tamara Davis, as she discusses Cosmology.
Observing the sky (Past to Present; and Present to Beyond)
4 October 2017 - Day 2 - hear from USQ’s Dr Carolyn Brown and PhD student Belinda Nicholson as they discuss this topic.
5 October 2017 - Day 3 - Fred Watson, an astronomer with the Australian Astronomical Observatory will discuss the moon.
Exoplanets and their atmospheres
6 October 2017 - Day 4 - one of the world’s leading experts, Professor Giovanna Tinetti, will discuss Exoplanets and their atmospheres.
7 October 2017 - Day 5 - join us at the Brisbane Planetarium for USQ’s Festival of Astronomy.
NASA's Exoplanet Exploration Program - Toowoomba
NASA's Exoplanet Exploration Program - Springfield
10 October 2017 - Day 7 - Dr Douglas Hudgins from NASA will over view NASA’s Exoplanet Exploration Program (ExEP).
About the speakers
We are delighted to host internationally recognised speakers.