Welcome to AstroFest!
Since 1999, Penn State Astronomy students, faculty, and friends have been inviting the public to Davey Lab at the Penn State University Park campus for AstroFest, a four night festival of Astronomy held concurrently with the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts. AstroFest features many exciting activities, talks, and presentations, including stargazing through the telescopes on the roof of Davey Lab.
Astro Fest returns to in-person in 2022!
You are invited to join us for AstroFest at Davey Lab from 8:30pm – 11:30pm (U.S.-Eastern time) the evenings of Wednesday, July 13 through Saturday, July 16. This event is free and open to the public; no registration or reservation necessary, nor is this a "wristband event" associated with the Arts Fest downtown.
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This page also links to our online program.
For anyone unable to attend AstroFest in-person this year, recordings of our featured presentations will be available to view from links on this page or from within our "virtual lobby" game environment.
You can tune in via Zoom the evenings of Wednesday July 13 through Saturday July 16, between 8:30pm — 11:30pm (U.S.-Eastern) for the live portions of this year's event, and Q & A, here:
AstroFest2022 LIVE — Zoom webinar (join any time, during event hours)
Try our video-game portal to AstroFest's online presentations and activities! It runs in your computer's web browser; you may also need to disable pop-up blockers while using the site (unavailable on mobile devices).
You will need to use a computer (desktop, laptop) rather than a mobile device.
Or you can view the more traditional program, on any device, below.
Our program includes 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.
Most of the presentations and activities will remain available to the public after the event. Please browse the program sections, below, for links to presentation recordings and games.
AstroFest's 2022 Program