Starry Summer Nights – The Sci Fi Event 27th January 2018

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The SCI FI EVENT is an annual event and is geared at showing how the real science that is done by scientists has some connection to science-fiction.

It is also about showing that good science almost always starts as fiction, and it may take a while (decades or even millennia) before it is realised as valid science.

5.00pm: Doors open, Cafe opens for Astroburgers, Timboon Icecream etc  or bring your own picnic to enjoy on the lawn

5.00pm: NEW Solar viewing using a Hydrogen Alpha filter, come along early to enjoy!!

5:00pm: Children’s corner opens – Fun activities for children rocket building, rocket launching,  sand, water for those little water babies especially if it is hot!

From 5.00pm: Trivia Challenge Our  early Trivia Challenge is a free set of questions which you can ramble through over the evening. Most of the questions will be related to our Sci Fi Exhibition in the Baker Hall. Entries need to be in the Sci Fi Quix Box in the Baker Hall by 8.30pm.

1st Prize for first drawn entry with the most questions right  is a 2018 Astronomy Calendar.

2nd Prize is a 2018 Astronomy Calendar and

3rdPrize, you guessed it, a 2018 Astronomy Calendar!!

Live Music

6.00 – 6.30 The New Settlers – Hailing from the Central Victorian Goldfields, The New Settlers play soundscapes and songs on lapsteel, drums, double bass, guitar and fiddle, which reflect the earthy landscapes, golden sunsets and open skies.

6.45 – 7.15pm The Infusers Local band with fiddle, banjo and mandolin added to their original mix of instruments of guitar, ukulele, and bass. They play a mixture of ‘old-timey’ and contemporary music, with 3 harmony singers as the focus of the music.

 

7.30 -8.00 The New Settlers – Second set.

 

8.15-9.00 Surf Shadows

9.00-9.15 Presentations for Best Dressed, Transport and Accessory, Best short Stories and Trivia Challenge Results.

9.15-10.00 Surf Shadows

SurfShadowsAstronomy and space exploration have had big influences on music, including surf music.

 In the 1960s the Space Race between the West/USA and East/USSR inspired  surf bands like ‘The Astronaut’s from the U.S.A.,

‘The Spotniks’ from Sweden, and  ‘Die Sputniks’ from East Germany.

 What came out of this time of space exploration was a range of space themed instrumentals and songs with a surf music sound!

Come and hear the SURF SHADOWS play Telstar, Sputnik, Vostok Rumble, The Rocket Man, Dr Who Theme, Polaris, and songs like Space Oddity, Under the Milky Way, and Planet Claire to name just a few.

10.00-10.30 THE LATE Trivia Quiz There is never enough time for everything and so this year we have extended the times to reinstate our Trivia Quiz  where participants have groups of up to 8 to compete in our  exciting Trivia Quiz.  No charge for this Quiz.

11:00 You can go home or stay on to observe the night sky until 12.00am.

DOOR PRIZES for:
Best Dressed Sci-Fi Character Adult  – $200

Best Dressed Sci-Fi Character  Junior under 18 years – $60

Best Dressed Sci-Fi Character Child under 12 years  -$40

Best Sci-Fi Accessory   Adult and over 12 years  – $50

Best Sci-Fi Accessory   Child under 12 years $30

Best Sci-Fi Transportation (Size should be no more than 2.5m wide to fit through the gate ) Adult or Adult and Child  $200

For Writers……

Mars will be very close to the Earth this year and the theme for the short Story must include Mars in some way.

Best SCI-FI Short Story  Adult  Sponsor – $100

Best SCI-FI Short Story Junior Under 18 years Sponsor – $50

Best SCI-FI Short Story Junior Under 12 years Sponsor -$30

Best New Song by a young new band .  Content must include Mars $200  Contact 0429 199 312 or email bas@cbl.com.au to book an audition.

 Story length Adult 1,000-7,500 words,   Junior sections less than 3000 words.

Send your entries to bas@cbl.com.au or post to Ballarat Observatory P.O.Box 284 Ballarat 3353. Information on 5332 7526. Entries close January 8th 2018 at  5.00pm.

If you would like to sponsor an event, contact Judith on 0429 199 312.
9.15 pm Sci-Fi Trivia Challenge Results – Our Trivia Quiz is a free set of questions which you can ramble through over the evening.  Entries need to be in the Sci Fi Quix Box in the Baker Hall by 8.30pm.

1st Prize for first drawn entry with the most questions right  is a 2018 Astronomy Calendar.

2nd Prize is a 2018 Astronomy Calendar and

3rdPrize, you guessed it, a 2018 Astronomy Calendar!!

Children’s activities

Face painting , rocket launching,  sand, water for those little water babies especially if it is hot!  Colouring in sci fi pictures………….

Entrance Costs

 (includes viewing at the telescopes, weather permitting)

Adult: $25

Concession: $18

Kids: $12

Family of 4 – 2 Adults 2 students under 18yrs: $60

Family of 5 – 2 Adults 3/4 Students under 18yrs: $65

Bookings Essential

For Attendees last year, if you can remember which Dr Who character the Manager portrayed, you will receive a 10% discount on your ticket through Trybooking. Upper case required and no spaces.

Book your tickets here on TRYBOOKING