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Astronomy Festival takes off in Toowoomba

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05 Oct 2022
20 year-old Grace Young braving the cold to take part in the University of Southern Queensland’s annual stargazing event at the Festival of Astronomy and Space.

A stellar event, taking hundreds of visitors on a journey into out of space, has landed in Toowoomba.

The Festival of Astronomy and Space will run for three days at the University of Southern Queensland (October 6 to 8), with lecture theatres transforming into space hubs to celebrate World Space Week.

More than 250 astronomy lovers have already signed up, eager to meet some of the world’s leading space scientists including rocket ship engineers and planet hunters during a series of Festival Talks starting tomorrow (October 6 and 7).

Youngsters will have their intergalactic questions answered at a Curious Kids event on Saturday (October 8) before hundreds of stargazers gather for the main event – a guided tour of the night sky, accompanied by performances by Toowoomba's Philharmonic Society choir.

The Festival coincides with this year’s National Space Week, celebrating sustainability in space. 

  • What: Festival Talks
  • When: Thursday, October 6 & Friday, October 7
  • Time: 6pm-9pm
  • Where: Alison Dickson Lecture Theatre (H102), University of Southern Queensland
  • What: Curious Kids
  • When: Saturday, October 8
  • Time: 4pm-5.30pm
  • Where: Alison Dickson Lecture Theatre (H102), University of Southern Queensland
  • What: AstroHarmonic: Music & Stars
  • When: Saturday, October 8
  • Time: 7pm-late
  • Where: University of Southern Queensland, Front Driveway (Entrance via West St)

*In the event of rain or cloudy weather, this final event will still go ahead in the Alison Dickson Lecture Theatre (H102).