Talks and Astronomy Nights

Over 82 000 members of the public including school children have participated in the Observatory’s programmes.

Organised by Campbelltown Rotary Observatory in association with Macarthur Astronomical Society.

Talks followed by night sky viewing. No booking necessary. All welcome.

For information contact: or

Astronomy, Astrophysics, Engineering, Physics & Space Talks

Lecture Theatre G.03, Building 21, Western Sydney University, Campbelltown
5 pm to 6 pm

Saturday 13 April 2019

Stars of the Tagai, Cook, Mabo and the Republic
Dr Ragbir Bhathal, WSU

Saturday 8 June 2019

Latest developments in the search for ET?
Dr Ragbir Bhathal, WSU

Saturday 7 September 2019

Ten most beautiful experiments in astrophysics and physics
Dr Ragbir Bhathal, WSU

Saturday 5 October 2019

Arabic astronomy: Keeping knowledge alive
Dr Ragbir Bhathal, WSU

Viewing the heavens through the Observatory and MAS telescopes

Please note, if it is cloudy or raining the viewing sessions will be cancelled.

6 pm – 9 pm

Observatory & Observatory grounds

  • Saturday 13 April 2019
  • Saturday 8 June 2019
  • Saturday 7 September 2019
  • Saturday 5 October 2019

Talks held with Macarthur Astronomical Society (MAS)

Lecture Theatre: Medical Building CA-30. G.213 (LT)

For details see

  • 21 January: Ric Forster (Macarthur Astronomical Society)
  • 18 February: Professor Lisa Harvey Smith : CSIRO
  • 18 March: Dr Angel R Lopez : Macquarie University
  • 15 April: Annual General Meeting
  • 20 May: Dr Emil Lenc : ASKAP
  • 17 June: Les Dalrymple
  • 15 July: Robert Brand : Space Activist
  • 19 August: Dr Lee Spitler : Macquarie University & AAO
  • 16 September: Marnie Org
  • 21 October: Professor Geraint Lewis: Sydney University
  • 18 November: Dr Brad Tucker: Australian National University
  • 09 December: Local schools present Astronomical Projects

Schools: Science/Engineering Talks

Autumn (February – May)

Winter (August – November)

Contact: Dr Ragbir Bhathal. Phone 02 47360834 or email


A series of science/cross curriculum/astronomy workshops for primary school teachers will be conducted throughout the year.


A 3 day interactive program of talks, hands-on activities conducted by the engineering academic and technical staff will be held in 2019. It is open to all Year 10 students. Details will be sent to the schools.


LAZSTA (Metropolitan South West Teachers Association) and iSTEM are once again organising a visit by students and teachers to participate in the US Space Academy Program at Huntsville, Alabama. Successful applicants will attend a hands-on space/engineering workshop in July at Western Sydney University Campbelltown Campus run by Dr Ken Silburn and Dr Ragbir Bhathal.