Star Stuff III – July 18th Byron Bay

Space enthusiasts across Australia have been anticipating the announcement of Star Stuff III at Elements of Byron resort since organisers skipped the event in 2019. Major sponsor and telescope vendor Bintel shared the news and the incredible speaker list which caused a quick flurry of ticket sales from astronomy fans who have been waiting two years for the event to return to the popular beachside town.

Headlining the full day of space-focussed keynote presentations and the gala dinner is Professor Lisa Harvey-Smith, a popular Australian author, TV personality and radio astronomer often seen on the ABC as well as her work as an ambassador for women in science, technology, engineering & maths (STEM). Dr Matt Agnew, as astrophysicist known mainly for his appearance on The Bachelor AU 2019 is also on the bill and looking forward to talking more about his research on exoplanets for a change.

Other speakers include Trevor Jones, a popular YouTuber from Canada who hosts the “Astrobackyard” channel, Astrophysicists Kirsten Banks & Karlie Alinta Noon, Marnie Ogg a former manager of the Sydney Observatory, Annie Handmer from the University of Sydney to discuss Australian space policy and diplomacy, and award winning astrophotographers Martin Pugh & Dylan O’Donnell.

Set at the suitably dark but luxurious Elements of Byron resort is a point of difference for this astronomy event, whose attendees are typically used to cold and often off-grid locations far away from city lights which can erase the view of the Milky Way. Previous speaker Fraser Cain had this to say about his appearance at the last Star Stuff event – “As a Canadian, I’ve never seen the southern skies with my own eyes before, and it’s hard to imagine a more perfect venue to appreciate the wonders of the southern hemisphere.”

Another Star Stuff regular and TV personality Professor Alan Duffy agrees. “The beauty of the Byron Bay surroundings is matched only be the enthusiasm of the audience in exploring the boundaries of the Universe and as a previous presenter I loved to discuss science both on and off the stage. As an event StarStuff is out of this world,” he said. Aboriginal astrophysicist Kirsten Banks, who will be speaking at Star Stuff 2020, noted, “I can’t wait to be surrounded by people who are just as crazy about space as I am!”

Known for its counter culture vibe, Byron Bay is perhaps an unusual location for such a mainstream science event. The environmentally conscious townspeople and astronomers have a key agreement however and Byron mayor Simon Richardson helped pass a motion through council in late 2019 highlighting the need to reduce lighting in the region. “These lights are wasting energy and releasing carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and there’s also the impact on nocturnal wildlife like birds, frogs, insects and animals who move around in the dark. As a community we are very lucky in that we can look at the sky at night and see the stars and the Milky Way but this is not the case in many cities where, because of light pollution, the stars are invisible.”

Organiser Dylan O’Donnell has been instrumental in proving the case for space tourism in the area and advocates looking upwards for a bigger perspective. He says “I think everyone is starting to realise that reducing light, and energy usage is a win for everybody. It helps address climate change causes, saves an incredible amount of money and reconnecting us to the Milky Way is just a bonus for us backyard and professional astronomers.”

Star Stuff III will run on Saturday the 18th July and includes 9 keynote speakers, telescope vendors and giveaways, a 3 course degustation dinner and stargazing if the weather permits. The event is brought to Byron Bay by sponsors including Bintel, Celestron, Skywatcher, Meade, Space Australia, Sidereal Trading and the Southern Astronomical Society.

Tickets are on sale now at http://www.starstuff.com.au

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Fill out this field
Fill out this field
Please enter a valid email address.

Bintel Coronavirus Update

SYDNEY STORE IS OPEN (BY APPOINTMENT ONLY) In the interest of public health you MUST contact us before arriving at the store. The Sydney Store is open by appointment only including for Click and Collect orders. The Online Store is still taking orders as normal with same day shipping where possible.  CALL (02) 9518 7255 CHECK HOURS…

QLD Town Named After Comet see it return – 5000 Years Early.

The Great Comet on 1844 was seen in many places across the world  but prominently here in Australia. “Ludwig Leichhardt saw Comet Wilmot in the sky on 29 December 1844 while walking along the banks of a creek in central Queensland (Lang, 1847:315), prompting him to name the site Comet Creek. The town of Comet,…

Earth has 2 Moons Now

A new car-sized chunk of space rock has been captured by the Earth’s gravity and is now orbiting the Earth as a “mini-moon”. Designated 2020 CD3 it was discovered by astronomers Theodore Pruyne and Kacper Wierzchoś on 15 February 2020 at Mount Lemmon Observatory during a regular survey of near-earth objects. Its orbit around Earth…

Customer Featured Image : Leigh Hassell

Congratulations to Leigh Hassell who has won a store voucher! (Want to submit your image for a chance? Click here!) Name: Leigh Hassell Photoname: Orion and Running Man Nebulae Notes: Taken with a Williams Optics Z73, ZWO ASI294MC-P, Sky Watcher HEQ5 Mount, ZWO OAG with an ASI224MC guide-cam. Bintel Products used in this image: 

Is Betelgeuse Ok?

BETELGEUSE UPDATE (spoiler alert – it’s still there.) As you may have heard, Betelgeuse, the red giant which we know is towards the end of it’s stellar evolution and ready to go supernova, recently had an unprecedented dimming event. It’s normal periodic variation suddenly dropped off a cliff in a way we’d never seen before….

The Cheapest Ways to Start or Improve Your Astronomy

Astronomy, like most hobbies, can quickly get very expensive depending on how far you go down the rabbit hole. If you fall into the trap of buying your way out of problems you may find your family or significant other staging an intervention to avoid losing all your assets because you wanted that shiny new…

Introducing Celestron StarSense Explorers!

The new StarSense Explorer series of Telescopes is a revolutionary new idea that uses your phone to “look” at the sky and tell you where the telescope is pointing. This is the ideal beginner telescope! Watch the video for details about how it works.

The Celestron NexStar Evolution Series (VIDEO)

   Braeden steps you through the key features that make the Evolution Nexstar series from Celestron such a popular telescope choice.  

New ZWO ASI1600GT & ASI183GT Cameras – REVIEWED!

A review by Simon Lewis Introduction ZWO have been synonymous with creating high quality, yet affordable cameras, since their entry into the astro imaging world in 2011. Since then ZWO have taken the market by storm with their renown red anodised CMOS cameras and there will not be many in astrophotography who either don’t own…

The Fermi Paradox – Where are all the Aliens?

In the 1950s, a group of astrophysicists were walking to lunch discussing the possibility of life elsewhere in the universe apart from Earth. One of those physicists, Enrico Fermi then casually asked “But where is everybody then?” The basic idea is that given the vastness of observable space and time with which life should have…

Menu