Hickory – The Catawba Valley Astronomers Club, along with the Catawba Science Center will be hosting the 25th annual BoBfest on February 18th, 2017. BoBfest is a regional meeting of amateur astronomers. Doors will open at 8:30 am and throughout the day the event will feature presentations, astrophotography displays, and door prizes. Equipment vendors will also be available as will information about local events and facilities, and the chance to engage with amateur and professional astronomers from the region.

BoBfest is open to the public. Attendees ranging from professional astronomers to those who simply have an interest in astronomy are welcome. Anyone looking into astronomy as a hobby is urged to come and ask questions of the more experienced astronomers. Jim Craig and Thomas A. Lesser, Ed.D. will be the key note speakers at this year’s event. Two of the vendors will include Camera Concepts, and MeteoriteUSA.  Admission is free.

“BoBfest at its roots, is a fun event with activities for the entire family. It explores all aspects of astronomy, and is a great chance to catch up and connect with regional astronomers. Visitors come from all over North Carolina and the surrounding areas, and you meet a wide variety of people,” says Joe Heafner, president of the Catawba Valley Astronomers Club.

BoBfest is presented by the Cleveland County Astronomical Society, The Catawba Science Center, and the Catawba Valley Astronomers Club. The Catawba Valley Astronomy Club meets on the second Thursday of each month at 7:30 p.m. For more information visit their website at www.catawbasky.org.

Catawba Science Center is a nonprofit science and technology museum serving NC’s western Piedmont region. Special attractions include featured exhibits, a digital planetarium.