Astrofest Arrives to Entertain with Telescopes, Explosions and Solar Eclipse Preparation

BYU’s annual Astrofest will take place on Saturday, May 19th in the Eyring Science Center. The community is invited to attend the all-day event and participate in a variety of free, family activities that combine science and fun.

This year’s Astrofest will take place on the day before a solar eclipse — an event that hasn’t happened near Provo in many years.

“For part of the activities that day, we’ll be handing out solar eclipse glasses and instructions on how to use them,” said astronomy professor Denise Stephens.

Other activities include complimentary planetarium shows as well as acoustic and physics demonstrations that show just how cool science can be.

“You can go down to Clark Planetarium and spend $6 per person to watch a show that is very similar to the one we are presenting here for free,” Stephens said.

Kids and adults alike will also have the opportunity to enjoy the nice weather with various outdoor activities like an egg launch, paper airplane competition, solar telescopes, Mars training and personalized rockets.

“We’re going to have an inflatable obstacle course and a climbing wall for future Mars astronauts,” Stephens said.

Astrofest will take place in and around the Eyring Science Center on BYU campus, Saturday, May 19, 2012, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This event is made possible through generous contributions from David and Marsha Derrick.

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