Starry Summer Night – The Sci-Fi Event


Science and Science-Fiction have a had a long and symbiotic relationship. From Asimov, Wells, Banks, Verne to Clarke, Roddenberry and many others, these giants of science-fiction have paved the way for many new inventions that we take for granted these days

Science-Fiction fuels the imagination, while Science aims to realize some of those visions.

– Is faster than light possible?

– Can humans ever time travel?

– Is the quantum universe real?

– Can string theory provide a viable solution to the concept of multiverse?

– Can we really one day say: Beam me up Scotty!

All these questions and more will be answered during our presentation about the Science and Science-fiction

On the 18th of January 2014, the Ballarat Observatory will be holding the first Sci-Fi Event ever in Ballarat. This event is STRICTLY NOT about extraterrestrials, UFOs, paranormal, fantasy, or anything that has no connection to Science. This event 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 realized.

There will be a myriad of stalls, games , music and much more…Just to have fun, you can even come dressed as your favorite character from science-fiction!


3.00pm Gate open – Free Gate entry. Third Rock Cafe open as well as other food stalls. Or BYO Picnic.

3.00- 5.00pm HADDON COMMUNITY CONCERT BAND playing a wide variety of music from popular pieces to musicals and a dash of sci fi, Leggo Poetry,Sci Fi games, (BYO game if you have one to share),  solar viewing, stalls.


5.00 – 5.45pm Free Lecture SCIENCE AND SCI-FI – FROM KEPLER TO WARP DRIVES” with Saeed Salimpour, bring your questions along.

6.00 – 6.45pm great music with the  SURF SHADOWS,  back by popular demand!! playing rockin’ classics, surf, sci fi sounds.

7.00-7.45pm SURF SHADOWS– you’ll find it hard to sit still!!

7.45-8.00pm Best dressed Sci- Fi Character winners announced Open and Junior section.

8.00- 8.45pm SURF SHADOWS – get up and dance 🙂

8.45pm Onwards Viewing at the telescopes



Entry to the Event, Music, Presentation, Games, Stalls is FREE.

Additional costs apply for viewing

Adult: $20

Concession: $15

Child: $8

Family (2 Adults, 2 Children): $45

Family (2 Adults, 3-4 Children): $50


Examples of science-fiction:

– Star Trek

– The Time Machine

– 2001 a Space Odyssey

– Fringe

– Dune

– Blade Runner

– Characters from classic novels by Clarke, Asimov, Bendford, Banks, Wells, Verne, Landis

– Dr. Who

– Flash Gordon

This is not an exhaustive list, however, it provides a good guide.


Examples of movies/books NOT considered science-fiction:

– Harry Potter

– Dungeons and Dragons

– Lord of the Rings

– Narnia

– Peter Pan

– anything to do with magic

– X-files

– ghosts, demons and spirits