As­tro fair

Close en­coun­ters with the stars

Pilbara News - - Front Page - ■ Court­ney Fowler

The com­mu­nity of Tom Price and sur­round­ing ar­eas gath­ered to view the Pil­bara night sky un­der the guid­ance of ex­perts and am­a­teur astronomers at the 2015 Red Earth Night Sky As­tro Fair last week.

Tom Price Se­nior High School se­cured an $8000 Fed­eral grant to host the event, which was held in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Na­tional Science Week.

As well as op­ti­cal and ra­dio tele­scopes ob­serv­ing the sky, the As­tro Fair fea­tured a myr­iad of ex­cit­ing ac­tiv­i­ties for the com­mu­nity over four days, lead­ing into the main event on the fi­nal night.

The high­light of the evening was the pres­ence of astronomers from Perth, plus a num­ber of as­tron­omy en­thu­si­asts who trav­elled to Tom Price to set up a large ar­ray of tele­scopes at the school.

Tom Price Se­nior High School prin­ci­pal Trevor Hen­der­son con­grat­u­lated science teacher Kath­leen Farmer on her ini­tia­tive and suc­cess in be­ing awarded the Com­mon­wealth grant to run the highly an­tic­i­pated event.

“The re­sponse from the lo­cal com­mu­nity to at­tend this event was fan­tas­tic and it was great to see the large num­ber of fam­i­lies,” he said.

“The sec­ondary and pri­mary school stu­dent dis­plays with the theme of light and colour were very good and the range of theme re­lated ac­tiv­i­ties for chil­dren were en­gag­ing and well re­ceived.

“Both chil­dren and adults alike were thrilled to have the op­por­tu­nity to ac­cess such high-cal­i­bre equip­ment to view the night sky and to learn from the astronomers.”

Mr Hen­der­son thanked staff and stu­dents who vol­un­teered their time and lo­cal busi­nesses Skilled, Work Pac, Tom Price Se­nior High School Par­ents and Cit­i­zens As­so­ci­a­tion and Jenny’s Bal­loon Cre­ation, for do­nat­ing prizes for the stu­dent dis­plays.

Pic­tures: Tom Price Se­nior High School

Perth Astronomers and as­tron­omy en­thu­si­asts trav­elled to Tom Price Se­nior High School last week to set up a large ar­ray of tele­scopes at the school.

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