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Alpha Centaurids at 40,000 ft

This beautiful composite of four Alpha Centaurid meteors was captured on Valentines Day (night), by Colin Legg on a red eye flight back to Perth. He had his camera on repeat, shooting 1 second exposures for 20 minutes and managed to capture 4 meteors during the 20 minute period. Colin used a black hood to shield the camera from the cabin lights. Captured over Western Australia at ~40,000 ft, 4x1 sec composite at ISO25600, f/1.4, 35mm. The Alpha Centaurid meteor shower occurs early Feb each year.
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Announcing the IceInSpace Calendar Competition for 2015!

It's on again! Last year's Astronomy Calendar Competition was a huge success, with over 250 entries, 63 fantastic photographers, over 1000 votes cast and over 2500 calendars sold (400 via IceInSpace!), so we're running the competition again for 2016.

The IceInSpace Astronomy Calendar for 2016 will again be made up of images captured by and chosen by the IceInSpace community!

Yes - you can submit your images for the chance to appear in the calendar, and you get to vote for the final images that will make up the calendar!

For more information about how to submit your images and how to vote, check out the article here:

IceInSpace Calendar Competition 2016

Image submission opens on the 5th May, so start preparing and submit your images!


The 2015 CWAS AstroFest Coming Up!

Sharing this news on behalf of John Sarkissian:

The Central West Astronomical Society is pleased to announce the 2015 CWAS AstroFest programme, to be held over the weekend of 18-19 July. You can also find below more ways to keep in touch and stay connected with the CWAS AstroFest.

We have a stellar line-up of speakers this year, including the 2011 Nobel Laureate in Physics, Prof. Brian Schmidt, who will present the keynote address, "The John Bolton Lecture". We are also incredibly pleased to announce two very special overseas speakers; world-renowned astrophotgrapher, and founder of "The World At Night", Babak Tafreshi, and Dr Everett Gibson of NASA's Johnson Space Center.

Be sure to register for this exciting event. Go to the web site above and follow the links.

In addition, the 2015 CWAS "David Malin Awards" will be another highlight of the festival. See online for more:

So come along and enjoy the hospitality of the Central West and share with us this unforgettable astronomical experience.

John Sarkissian
2015 CWAS AstroFest
Local Organising Committee


IISAC2015 Bookings and Registration Open!

Welcome to 2015! IISAC2015 is now less than 2 months away. Make sure you get those annual leave dates booked in and start earning those brownie points now! I've brought the party forward to March, ahead of Easter and the school holidays.

IIASC2015 is being held on the 19th-21st March 2015, again in the beautiful Hunter Valley region of NSW, at Lostock.

Find out more about IISAC2015 by clicking on the image below, or jump straight to registration at the IceInSpace Shop.

If you've never been to a star party before, if you've never seen the Milky Way under a dark sky, you just have to come along. It's a great event for the whole family - you don't need to own a telescope, and you don't need to be an IceInSpace member. Everyone is welcome, and I hope to see you there.

Click on the picture above to find out more information about the star party. To book your spot, register online here.


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