Celebrating National Science Week with UWS Penrith Observatory

Penrith Observatory

The University of Western Sydney is calling for lovers of the night sky to head on out to the Penrith Observatory and join in on breaking the world record for stargazing.

During National Science Week running from 15 to 23 August, UWS Penrith Observatory will be hosting two events on Friday 21 and Saturday 22 August.

The first event will be attempting to break the Guinness World Record, for the most people stargazing at multiple venues, in-conjunction with 40 other institutions across Australia. Budding astronomers are being encouraged to come along with your telescope or binoculars and gaze upon the stars all at the same time.

The number to beat is 3006 participants currently held by Mexico.

Observatory Manager, Ain De Horta from UWS, School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics, says "the team at UWS Penrith Observatory strongly believe in supporting events such as National Science Week and taking it to the community of western Sydney.

"UWS appreciates the need to enhance and extend the community's understanding and appreciation towards the importance of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) in today's world.

"In order to build a stronger, more competitive Australia, not only do we need more people to take up careers in the areas of STEM, but we need the community to understand and support it," says Ain De Horta.

On the evening of the 22nd running from 7:00pm to 9:00pm, Dr Amanda Bauer, an Outreach Officer at the Australian Astronomical Observatory will be presenting on - A Long time ago in galaxies far, far away.

Theoretical simulations derived from telescopic observations on galaxies found in the distant, early universe look and behave differently from those in our local universe.

Dr Bauer will describe triumphs and tribulations towards human understanding of these changes over time, by highlighting some fundamental insights into the current mysteries of galaxy evolution.

The evening will also include a 3D astronomy movie, a tour of the Dome and the opportunity to view the night sky through the Observatory's telescopes.

Costs for this event will be $18 per adult and $12 for a child and concession and a family pass $50.

You can book and pay online www.uws.edu.au/observatory.

Located on the UWS Penrith Campus, Great Western Highway, Werrington North, Building AO.


14 August 2015

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