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Where do you want to go for lunch on Saturday?

Scarsdale pub (Geoff's find)
8 (44.4%)
Cafe Nero across the road
1 (5.6%)
Larger Cafe Nero a bit further away
0 (0%)
M&S food at High St Kensington Station
0 (0%)
McDonald's if we're desperate
0 (0%)
Tesco food and a picnic like last year
0 (0%)
The cafe in the Astrofest building (packed!)
2 (11.1%)
I'm bringing packed lunch
1 (5.6%)
Any of the above, I don't mind ;D
6 (33.3%)
Other (please get me to add)
0 (0%)

Total Members Voted: 13

Author Topic: Galaxy Zoo Get-Together: Astrofest 2009. Please come along!  (Read 39131 times)

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Galaxy Zoo Get-Together: Astrofest 2009. Please come along!
« on: November 02, 2008, 12:56:10 pm »
Our first zooite meet-up was Astrofest 2008, and I'm not sure the zoo or many of our lives have been quite the same since. So let's get planning another one.

Astrofest is held in the Kensington Conference and Events Centre, in Kensington, London. Nearby tube stations are High Street Kensington and Kensington Olympia. It is organised by Astronomy Now magazine and includes lectures and exhibitions of space equipment, magazines, books, and general wonderful things. This coming one will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Moon landings, or so Jules tells me. It's a two-day event, usually on a Friday and Saturday. This coming one will be February 6th and 7th, 2009.

The address is: Kensington Conference and Events Centre, The Town Hall, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, Hornton Street, London W8 7NX. Lectures are from 10am to 5.30 p.m. (I think); doors open from 9am to 6pm. It costs £5 to get into the building, and more for the lectures. There won't be any lectures by the Galaxy Zoo Team or about Galaxy Zoo, but there's quite a variety. I'll post updates as we find out more about the lectures. To see what Astrofest is generally like, they have an archive of past Astrofests here.

Last year, over 20 of us came, some of us staying in London. We hugely enjoyed Astrofest, had the opportunity to meet Sir Patrick Moore, and went out for a meal in London together. You can read more about our meet-up here on the old thread, and here on the blog. To put it mildly, I strongly recommend it.

Don't worry if you don't know anyone - any meet-up is a good place to start. None of us knew each other before the last one! Also, if you have doubts about meeting strangers, remember it's a public place and you're free to leave any time.

I'll see if I can find Jules's "Galaxy Zoo Meet-up Point" placard, and I hope to see lots of you there! ;D


Update: These are the shows running. Thanks Jules!

Friday 6 February
Session 1 (morning)
The Universe in 3D - Greg Smye-Rumsby, Astronomy Now
The Hunt for Planet X - Govert Schilling, journalist and author
Nebulae, birthplace of stars - Carolin Crawford, Institute of Astronomy, Cambridge
Space debris: danger in orbit - Richard Crowther, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory

Session 2 (afternoon)
Activity cycles in stars - David Hathaway, NASA
Cosmic dawn: The search for the first stars and galaxies - Dan Stark, Caltech and Institute of Astronomy, Cambridge
What we learned from Apollo - Wendell Mendell, NASA

Saturday 7 February

Session 3 (morning)
Sharpening your image - Richard Myers, University of Durham
Barred Spiral Galaxies - Johan Knapen, Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias
The red spots of Jupiter - John Rogers - BAA
Apollo 11 remembered - Patrick Moore, Gary Hunt, Reg Turnill

Session 4 (afternoon)
Predicting the sunspot cycle - David Hathaway, NASA
Return to the Moon - Wendell Mendell, NASA
The Allan Chapman lecture - Thomas Harriot and Gallileo's English contemporaries
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Re: Galaxy Zoo Get-Together: Astrofest 2009. Please come along!
« Reply #1 on: November 02, 2008, 01:43:40 pm »
Hi everyone, this is the place to discuss Astrofest. Please post all updates, comments, suggestions, questions etc here. People were hugely helpful last time (we just have to remember not to go to that pub again :D).

Please send me a message if you would like to come, so I get an idea of numbers.

I'm happy to help people with looking for accommodation or suggesting means of travel.

It's also no problem at all if you initially want to come, but then for whatever reason drop out.

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Re: Galaxy Zoo Get-Together: Astrofest 2009. Please come along!
« Reply #2 on: November 02, 2008, 01:45:19 pm »
We need to sort out a pub for afterwards, one that doesn't have deafening music!
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Re: Galaxy Zoo Get-Together: Astrofest 2009. Please come along!
« Reply #3 on: November 02, 2008, 01:49:55 pm »
We need to sort out a pub for afterwards, one that doesn't have deafening music!

Yeah! ;D

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« Reply #4 on: November 02, 2008, 01:50:57 pm »
I believe that there was a choice of 2 pubs that Chris and Kate recommended, and Chris tried to book us into one but the meanies wanted a deposit, so we ended up in the other - the one that reckoned there'd be fights, broken glass etc so they wouldn't let us bring the kids. Hmmmm. I wonder if the original choice has mellowed a little? :D ;D

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Re: Galaxy Zoo Get-Together: Astrofest 2009. Please come along!
« Reply #5 on: November 02, 2008, 03:35:28 pm »
I believe that there was a choice of 2 pubs that Chris and Kate recommended, and Chris tried to book us into one but the meanies wanted a deposit, so we ended up in the other - the one that reckoned there'd be fights, broken glass etc so they wouldn't let us bring the kids. Hmmmm. I wonder if the original choice has mellowed a little? :D ;D

I'll have to arrange a pub crawl around the area one evening and check out what's available within walking distance of the venue :)
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Re: Galaxy Zoo Get-Together: Astrofest 2009. Please come along!
« Reply #6 on: November 02, 2008, 04:17:16 pm »
Just updated the new thread with a picture, in the hope that it will encourage some new people to come . . . hmmmm, though it may scare them off, it's a great shot of us all outside the pub having a great time . . . thanks to Adam for that picture by the way . . . has anyone got any photos of what it looks like inside Astrofest?

I went in 2007 and 2008 and both occasions were very special ones. :)

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« Reply #7 on: November 02, 2008, 05:40:48 pm »
Hmmmm  Was that the Meet-up where you all got thrown out of a pub???? LOL  ;D  OK count me in!! ;D ;D ;D
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« Reply #8 on: November 02, 2008, 05:44:44 pm »
There's a few pics here.

And Adam is in that pic so I think that must have been Mr J who took that with Adam's camera!

Happy memories.  :D

Yes Stargazer - that's the one!!

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« Reply #9 on: November 02, 2008, 06:20:32 pm »
Hmmmm  Was that the Meet-up where you all got thrown out of a pub???? LOL  ;D  OK count me in!! ;D ;D ;D

It was indeed, but moral right was on our side :D

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Re: Galaxy Zoo Get-Together: Astrofest 2009. Please come along!
« Reply #10 on: November 02, 2008, 08:45:37 pm »
Well I am about staggering distance from this one.
So it could be a yes from me. ;)

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« Reply #11 on: November 02, 2008, 08:48:27 pm »
That's excellent Paddy!

Jules, thanks for the exhibition link, I've put another one in the intro.

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Re: Galaxy Zoo Get-Together: Astrofest 2009. Please come along!
« Reply #12 on: November 02, 2008, 09:47:36 pm »
Well I am about staggering distance from this one.
So it could be a yes from me. ;)

Perhaps you and Geoff could do some pub "research" - purely in the interests of astronomy of course... ::)

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Re: Galaxy Zoo Get-Together: Astrofest 2009. Please come along!
« Reply #13 on: November 02, 2008, 11:18:22 pm »
I haven't had a chance to read through all this but I think that I may be able to make this one :) :)
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Re: Galaxy Zoo Get-Together: Astrofest 2009. Please come along!
« Reply #14 on: November 03, 2008, 06:14:59 pm »
Well I am about staggering distance from this one.
So it could be a yes from me. ;)

Perhaps you and Geoff could do some pub "research" - purely in the interests of astronomy of course... ::)

now that is one job i wouldn’t mind doing. :D
As I have never been in a pub in the area.
I tend to keep to my club.
But it would be interesting. ;)