The Stars

That's a wrap 2020 StarFest GooesChase! 

Thanks to all those who played and participated!

Congratulations to the 2020 StarFest GooseChase Champions.

We are excited to announce that 5 teams have been declared CHAMPIONS of the 2020 StarFest GooseChase

Starry Styles

TheSeriusProdigies

The Celestial Cat Creeps

Hogwarts Staff Room

FM Sloths

All of these teams scored over 70,000 points in the game, completing 124/125 missions full of creativity, imagination, discovery, experiments, citizen science, giggles and teamwork.

Excitingly all these teams are about to discover and learn even more about astronomy!

Starry Styles and SiriusProdigies teams have won a live zoom session with Dr Chris Lidman - Director, Siding Spring Observatory, Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics.s That's focused time for their team to ask any astronomy related questions they have.

Celestical Cat Creeps, Hogwarts Staff room and FM Sloths have won a team virtual star gazing session with Donna Burton aka 'Donna the Astronomer Milroy Observatory with Donna the Astronomer https://donnatheastronomer.com.au/

Dr Christian Sasse, Astronomer in Charge a titelescope.netwww.itelescope.net, has awarded all 5 Champion teams with access to a short image series where they will be able to take photographs out in space. How COOL is that!

More goodies will be their way to the fabulous Champion GooseChasers including some space themed books, music and more from Dark Sky Traveller Dr Fred Watson www.darkskytraveller.com.au/, from the Australian National University and Dark Sky Innovations.

Congratulations to the Champion StarFest GooseChase Teams and to all the players for the fantastic entries and participation in this years Festival GooseChase... from the Festival hosts The Australian National University and StarFest Siding Spring Committee and Dark Sky Innovations.

“The StarFest GooseChase was an outstanding success. People of all ages and backgrounds joined the chase, and the 100+ missions were interesting, entertaining, as well as educational. Dark Sky Innovations did fantastic work in promoting and running the event, and in creating all of the content.

COVID-19 has had a profound effect on the way we work, live, and travel. This year, the Observatory could not hold Open Day, as it has done every year for at least a decade. Held during the Saturday of October Labour Day long weekend, the event attracts about 2,000 visitors. We are very much looking forward to holding Open Day next year, so that we can show the work of the Observatory to the public, and we are equally looking forward to having another GooseChase around the time of Open Day as well."

A/Professor Chris Lidman

Director, Siding Spring Observatory, Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics,

The Australian National University, Canberra, ACT, Australia

This whole experience has been amazing! We have laughed, learned, created, experimented, written songs, played instruments, observed the moon, studied stars, joined the library, and used our imaginations.

 

Science in the pub was a highlight as my 8yr old daughter had the opportunity to communicate live with amazing real life scientists, in particular Abigail Fraeman at NASA who drives the Mars rovers! (my daughter is obsessed with Mars). She now has a new idol, and it’s not another popstar.

 

This is one of those moments in education where we get to make a difference, to ignite a child’s interest and curiosity, and hopefully light a path to possible futures for them. She has been truly inspired tonight, and by this whole process so far. Well done to all involved!

Thank you Jodie Styles

It is lots of fun to play it as part of a team! It gives you a fun activity to do while you are in Coona and it is a great way to explore the town while completing activities!

The Starfest GooseChase is absolutely awesome!!! It is perfect for any age and even if you don't know much about astronomy, or aren't that interested, it is such a wonderful experience that that will soon change.

Celestial Cat Creeps StarFest GooseChasers

Finished

11th Oct!

This year StarFest 2020, hosted by the Australian National University is going Virutal

 

Dark Sky Innovations is delighted to play a major role in helping the festival go virtual by facilitating the 2020 StarFest Goose Chase. 3 weeks of FUN with a StarFest themed gigantic scavenger hunt that you can play in teams, or on your own, using your mobile device.

 

This event will run to coincide with all Australian school holidays and you can play whether you are in COVID Lockdown or are able to come to Coonabarabran and connect with Warrumbungle Dark Sky Park!

The StarFest Goose Chase is not the only Virtual StarFest Activity. Please see the Official StarFest Page for all the upcoming 2020 events and activities!

Why StarFest GooseChasers think you should play the game...

“This whole experience has been amazing! We have laughed, learned, created, experimented, written songs, played instruments, observed the moon, studied stars, joined the library, and used our imaginations. Science in the pub was a highlight as my 8yr old daughter had the opportunity to communicate live with amazing real life scientists, in particular Abigail Fraeman at NASA who drives the Mars rovers! (my daughter is obsessed with Mars). She now has a new idol, and it’s not another popstar. This is one of those moments in education where we get to make a difference, to ignite a child’s interest and curiosity, and hopefully light a path to possible futures for them. She has been truly inspired tonight, and by this whole process so far. Well done to all involved! Thank you” Jodi Styles
 

"We've signed up and have jumped in, even the two teen zombies have joined in. Lots of family fun and space learning for everyone." TheSiriusProdigies
 

"The Starfest is absolutely awesome!!! It is perfect for any age and even if you don't know much about astronomy, or aren't that interested, it is such a wonderful experience that that will soon change." The Celestial Cat Creeps
 

Keep the kids entertained all holidays with activities for every age, ability and location, all while learning about our awesome universe." Super Stars
 

"Because it is loads of fun and the chance to go crazy!" Solo Power
 

"It is lots of fun to play it as part of a team! It gives you a fun activity to do while you are in Coona and it is a great way to explore the town while completing activities!" #JollyJewiss's

How do I play?

A virtual scavenger hunt that you can play from your home or, COVID travel rules permitting, on location in Coonabarabran!

A family friendly and educational game that can be played by all ages and astronomy interest levels.

Connect with family and friends across different households, or interstate, while learning interesting facts and the latest news from professionals in the field of Australian astronomy. 

Family members or friends can be on your team, or you can play some friendly rivalry to see who can get the most points!

Each day during the game timeframe new missions are released on the Goose Chase app and you choose when to play them. The great thing is, when playing the StarFest Goose Chase, is you and your team can pick and choose which missions you want to play and when you will play them. 

Once you have registered and downloaded the app you can access the game at any time that suits you. 

Play to score points and race against other teams or simply enjoy the fun of the game and learning astronomical facts.

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