Hickory – BoBfest: Regional Gathering of Amateur Astronomers returns to Catawba Science Center on Saturday, January 28th, 2023. Doors will open from 8:30 am until 4:00 pm. BoBfest is FREE and open to the public. The event will feature keynote speakers, astrophotography displays, and door prizes. Vendors, exhibitors, and information about local events and facilities will be available, as well as the chance to engage with amateur and professional astronomers from the region.
CSC Staff & Volunteers along with the Patrick Beaver Memorial Library will be heading up family activities from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm such as crafts and experiments related to astronomy for children of all ages in West. 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.
This year’s keynote speakers are Corrie Ann Delgado with her presentation, Through the eyes of the James Webb Space Telescope, and Michael Rehnberg with his presentation “When Clear Skies Aren’t Enough: Weather Forecasting for Amateur Astronomers!” There will also be afternoon forums with different speakers covering a range of topics from astrophotography, to space radio, and how to get started in astronomy. In addition to the keynote speakers and various afternoon forums on astronomy topics, there will be solar observing available during lunch weather permitting.
Tickets will be sold for a wide variety of door prizes for only $1 per ticket. Door prizes range from astronomy materials and merchandise to telescopes, items from local businesses, and more! While attending the event is free to the public, the money from the door prize donations will help fund the event and any interested vendors or door prize donors may contact firstname.lastname@example.org. While BoBfest is free to everyone, participants are encouraged to pre-register online at www.catawbasky.org/bobfest.
For a more detailed schedule of the events, visit www.catawbasky.org/bobfest. Food trucks from the Hickory Sandwich Shop, Dig N Dogs, and Dipperz Mini Donuts will be on site during lunch break around 11:30 am. Special planetarium features, including children’s shows and laser shows will be shown throughout the day in the Millholland Planetarium. BoBfest is presented by the Cleveland County Astronomical Society, Catawba Science Center, and the Catawba Valley Astronomy Club.