For 2020, AstroFest will be held online, accessible through a browser, between Thursday, August 13 and Sunday, August 16. The program will include presentations, virtual telescope viewing, demonstrations, virtual planetarium shows, and explorations of our video game virtual world we use for teaching astronomy general education classes at Penn State. All of the activities will be accompanied by safe, moderated chat rooms where guests can type in questions for a live speaker to answer. The times for the live portion of the program are to be announced, but many of the presentations and activities will be available to the public throughout the event and beyond. Further information will be posted as it becomes available.
Since 1999, Penn State Astronomy students, faculty, and friends have been inviting the public to Davey Lab for AstroFest, a four night festival of Astronomy held concurrently with the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts. For 2019, AstroFest will be held each evening from 8:30-11:30 pm from Wednesday, July 10 through Saturday, July 13. AstroFest features many exciting activities, talks, and presentations, including stargazing through the telescopes on the roof of Davey Lab.