New horizons voyage to Pluto and Beyond

PLUTO – New Horizon’s Voyage to Pluto and Beyond – Canberra
by American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics – Sydney Section

Launched January 19, 2006, the New Horizons mission had one goal as it ventured into the solar system – answer questions about Pluto, its moons and Kuiper Belt objects. Fast forward 9.5 years and over 5 billion kilometres, on July 14, 2015, New Horizons flew 12,500 km above the surface of Pluto, making it the first spacecraft to explore the dwarf planet. From mountains to moons and flowing ices on Pluto, the discoveries so far have been amazing.

You can learn more about these discoveries at a free ANU event open to the public. Tuesday 1 August 2017 at 6:15 pm. Bookings required

Pheno gaming convention

The annual Phenomenon gaming convention is fast approaching.

Phenomenon 2017: Storm is a roleplaying convention with some tabletop games included among the freeform, triptych and diptych gaming. The weekend includes a costume contest, a banquet and a Friday-night writing panel.

Pheno is happening over the Queen’s Birthday Long Weekend, 09-12 June, 2017 at the Daramalan College, Dickson, ACT.

Online registration is now open. The convention organisers strongly recommended anyone does not to leave it until the Friday night to register. “Some games fill up well before the convention starts and while every effort is made to accommodate your preferences the GMs need to sleep some time”.

For details see http://pheno.org.au/

(The CSFS is not associated with this event).

Canberra fan’s collection on exhibition

Canberra collector Timothy Kirsopp is displaying his entire collection of Doctor Who memorabilia in the exhibition, ‘Bigger on the inside: Collecting Dr Who’.

The exhibition is an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the world’s largest collection of Doctor Who related memorabilia.

Items document everything Whovian from Daleks and the TARDIS to the Doctors and their companions. Timothy’s collection ranges from miniatures and toys to books and board games.

At the Canberra Museum and Gallery, 176 London Circuit, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia, 2601. Open daily. Exhibition ends November 20

See the stars a little closer

Mount Stromlo Observatory in conjunction with the Canberra Astronomical Society is holding a public observing night this Friday, 25 September, from 7pm.
“Come and see the rings of Saturn, the craters of the moon as well as beautiful star clusters and nebulae. On the night attendees will be taken on a ‘tour of the universe’ with talks by astronomers from Mt. Stromlo Observatory, including Prof. Naomi McClure-Griffiths, and observations on several telescopes.” More details are available from the ANU website .
This event is free and open to the public. Warm clothing is recommended.

Medieval Fest at Old Parliament House

To  celebrate the 800th anniversay of the Magna Carta in 1215, a Medieval Fest is being held on Monday 8 June at Old Parliament House.

This free entry event includes – medieval combat demonstrations, ‘make your own Magna Carta’, live music and dance, kids medieval arts and crafts, juggling lessons, dress ups, tours and talks, and medieval foods. 10am to 3pm

Warp Drives and Bending Time

The science and science fiction of faster than light travel is the topic at the Shine Dome on Tuesday 5 May.

Professor Tamara Davis will be presenting “Warp Drives and Bending Time” as a part of the Shine Dome’s ‘Science Fiction becomes Science Fact’ public speaker series.

The event starts at 5.30pm, tickets are $6 and bookings can be made at https://www.science.org.au.events/warp-drives-and-bending-time

Zine Lounge – what a place to make a paper zine!

Over the last 87 years a lot of things have happened in Old Parliament House. Now there is a Zine Lounge in the building.

Apparently a would be (fan) zine maker can let their “let your imagination run wild in this self-guided workshop, with all supplies and materials provided to make your own zine. A zine (pronounced ‘zeen’) is a handmade, self-published magazine, often photocopied in black and white, and with a limited print run. The range of subjects is as diverse as the people who make them. Zines can be about absolutely anything! Print is powerful.”

The Zine Lounge is open daily between 9am and 5pm at Old Parliament House, Barton. Website: moadoph.gov.au/visiting/zine-lounge