Star Stuff II is pleased to release this years incredible schedule of speakers and talks at the genesis of Australia’s tentative steps towards it’s own space agency. Our 11 speakers share their knowledge on a wide range of mind expanding topics.

Saturday July 7th

8:30am – Event Start Registration & Entry @ Banksia Pavilion

9:30am – Welcome to Country & Introduction

10:00amDylan O’Donnell
I Can’t Believe It’s Not Science – Dylan explores the fine line between the backyard astronomer and the professional scientist and presents the case for the self-taught home scientist and how you can become one.

10:45am – BREAK

11:15am –  Michael Sidonio (Aka Strongman Mike)
Astrophotography, a journey that can be more than pretty picturesMany amateur astroimagers today will not have used film to shoot the sky, they would never have guided on a star using their eyeball for 2hrs, used a hair dryer to remove dew nor could they have imagined using dry ice in a camera to make it more sensitive, let alone considered they could find new and important things in their images and contribute to scientific papers. This presentation will combine a trip back in time and technology, with a look at modern digital image collection and what it can reveal. I hope to inspire some amateurs to start or continue on their own journey because it can be exciting and rewarding.

(Replacement speaker for Terry Lovejoy who sadly had to cancel his appearance at Star Stuff II.)

12:00 Noon – LUNCHBREAK

1:00pm  – Greg Quicke
Earth Turning Consciousness – an Exercise in Planetary Awareness – 
We all know the Earth turns and we all know that the earth goes around the sun. How many of us can actually see it though? How would you like to translate this intellectual information that we all carry around in our heads, into something that you can experience for yourself, into something that you can really feel in your bones, into a deep knowing that you will always have? Greg Quicke has been triggering insights around these questions and more for groups of people under pristine Kimberley skies for nearly 2 and a half decades.

1:45pm – BREAK

2:15pmJohn Sarkissian
Dishing up the Data: Parkes and Space Missions. The Australian film, The Dish, highlighted the role played by the Parkes Radio Telescope in tracking and communicating with the Apollo 11 mission. However, the events depicted in this film represent only a single snapshot of the role played by Parkes in the exploration of the Solar System by NASA.


4:00pmAmy Shira Teitel
Right Stuff, Wrong Time – 
In 1960 and 1961, thirteen women took the same physical and psychological tests given to the Mercury astronauts. So why didn’t any of these women ever fly in space? And why was it not until the 1980s that women joined the space age? This talk explores the story of the so-called Mercury 13, the women denied their chance to fly in the 1960s.

5:00pm – BREAK

6:45pm – Doors Open for VIP Gala Dinner

7:15pm – Introduction by Dr Alan Duffy

8:00pmFraser Cain
The Golden Age of Astronomy – 
Powerful new telescopes and science instruments have ushered in a new golden age of astronomy. From extrasolar planets to gravitational waves, our insights and observations into the Universe are better than ever before. Fraser Cain, publisher of Universe Today, will talk about some of the recent discoveries made about the cosmos, and show you some of the new observatories and space telescopes under construction that will push our knowledge out to the very limits of the observable Universe, to the event horizons of black holes, and the surfaces of alien worlds. The best is yet to come.

9:00pm – Celestron Evolution 6 Giveaway 

10am – 6pm : Solar Astronomy (Weather permitting) & Vendor Displays in the Belongil Pavilion

8pm until Late : Night Sky Tours and Star Gazing / Telescopes from “The Heart of the Bay” Lookout (Weather Permitting)

Sunday July 8th

10:00amCathal O’Connell
Makers in Space: The Future of 3D Printing on Space Stations, the Moon, Mars and Beyond – What would the crew of the Enterprise have done, without their handy replicators—those microwave oven-like appliances that could create any object, on demand? When today’s astronauts launch from Earth, they leave behind the comfort of a breathable atmosphere, familiar gravity, and the modern supply chain. Currently, everything needed for a space mission– every object, every tool, every food ration, every medicine– is made here on Earth. But that’s all about to change. 

10:45am – BREAK

11:15amDr David Malin
Fake photographs, False Colour – The ethics of photographic image manipulation are ill-defined, and any working definition depends largely on the genre of the images and the intent of their creators. Astro-photographers are the most versatile and knowledgable of image makers, but are faced with the fundamental problem that they are generally unable to see the colours of the objects they acquire. I intend to explore this murky topic a little and suggest some guidelines, implicitly recognising that astro-images reveal an unseen part of the natural world whose colours are unseen, but not unknown.

12:00 Noon – LUNCHBREAK

1:00pmDr Alan Duffy
The Search for Earth 2.0 – Dr Duffy describes the advances in telescopes and satellites that have ushered in this new era of exoplanet research, where thousands of alien worlds have been explored that have tested our theories of planet formation to its limits. Even more excitingly is the next generation of facilities that make possible the discovery of the twin of our planet, Earth 2.0, and potentially even detecting life itself.

1:45pm – BREAK

2:15pmGeoff Notkin
Space Rocks Nuts and Bolts: The Secret Science of Meteorites –
 What are meteorites? Where do they come from? How do we find them and who names them? Science writer, adventurer, National Space Society Governor and star of TV’s Meteorite Men, Geoff Notkin, presents a lively, original talk that answers these questions and delves into other aspects of a fascinating field that encompasses aspects of astronomy, chemistry, physics, and the search for extraterrestrial debris on Earth.

3:00pm – BREAK

4:00pmJames Gilmour
Leaving Earth – Rocketry in the new millennium. As the world ushers in a New Space Renaissance, Australia could be poised to compete on a global scale. James details his journey with his brother as they look to provide low cost access to space through advanced hybrid rocketry technology delivering payloads to space cheaper and safer starting from late 2019. It is rocket science.

4:30pm – Giveaway & Closing Ceremony


7:30pm – MOVIE SCREENING – “Interstellar” – “Interstellar is an interesting film in the science fiction pantheon because it takes much of its inspiration not only from other sci-fi films (notably 2001: A Space Odyssey), but from actual science itself. ” Christina Warren

“To my delight, Interstellar clearly falls within the domain of true sci-fi. The producers were clearly inspired by the science, and they even used the time dilation from Einstein’s general theory of relativity to enhance the drama and ask interesting moral questions of the characters. Compared to the vast majority of Hollywood flicks, I give Interstellar high marks for its attempts at scientific realism” Jeffrey KlugerTime magazine’s editor at large and the author of Apollo 13 

10am – 6pm : Solar Astronomy (Weather permitting) & Vendor Displays in the Belongil Pavilion

8pm until Late : Night Sky Tours and Star Gazing / Telescopes from “The Heart of the Bay” Lookout (Weather Permitting)