What's On

Cost for Public Astronomy Nights:
$18.00 Adult
$12.00 Child/Concession
$50.00 Family (2 adults + 2 children), children under 3 years of age free.
Important: Parents/Carers are responsible for and must remain with their children at all times.

Current Western Sydney University staff, students and Alumni are entitled to a Concession ticket (remember to bring your staff/student ID or Alumni card with you when you attend).

Cost for Hands On Workshops
$12.00 attendee/parent/carer ticket
$17.00 child ticket (includes workshop kit)
$5.00 additional workshop kit (for parents/carers that wish to participate in the hands on component of the workshop)
Important: Parents/Carers are responsible for and must remain with their children at all times.

All public visits must be booked and prepaid online through OneStop (opens in a new window).
Sorry, we do not accept cash, cheque or eftpos.

YOUR RECEIPT IS YOUR TICKET.
Bring a copy (paper or electronic) with you.

Payment is non refundable, however if you notify us via email r.sommer@westernsydney.edu.au, a minimum of 8 hours prior to the start time for the program, we can transfer your booking to another event. Please include the booking reference or receipt number  in your email.
Your transfer request email will be responded to within a week to confirm your new booking date.
Refer to our Cancellation and Transfer Policy for more information.

Please note: These event speakers/topics are subject to change without notice.
Wherever possible we will try to keep the website updated and our visitors notified of any significant changes.

Public Events Program 2019

Date and TimeEventDescriptionRegister
Saturday
13 April
7pm – 9pm
Astronomy NightGetting your head around the universe
Dr Luke Barnes

Just how big is the universe? We’ll take our time to tour the universe, starting on Earth, and ending with the most distant places our telescopes can see. No maths – just imagination.
Includes presentation, short 3D movie, tour of the dome and viewing of the night sky through a range of telescopes (weather permitting).
Event
Fully
Booked 
Thursday
18 April
10am – 12pm
Hands On WorkshopRockets
Ms Raelene Sommer

A workshop designed for children ages 4 - 12 but lots of fun for all ages.
Build and launch paper rockets using compressed air and watch a demonstration of a model rocket launch.
Includes presentation, short 3D movie and safe viewing of the Sun through a telescope (weather permitting).
PLEASE NOTE:
Parents/carers to remain with children at all times.
All attendees (parents/carers) require a workshop attendee ticket ($12).
There is plenty to enjoy as part of the workshop, a presentation, 3D movie, and a chance to look at the Sun safely through a telescope.
We encourage any adults that wish to participate in building and launching a rocket to purchase additional rocket kits ($5) to join in the fun.
All children must have a child ticket which includes the rocket kit ($17).
All children are expected to participate in building and launching a paper rocket.
Information
and
Booking
Link
Saturday
27 April
7pm – 9pm
Astronomy NightThe Riches of the Universe
Dr Chris Matthew

Where do some of the most precious elements on Earth - the gold in our banks and the platinum in our jewellery - come from? You might be surprised to learn that many of the precious metals that are so rare on Earth, but which you may be wearing right now, are present in unimaginable amounts in the universe. These elements have travelled many billions of kilometres, and over billions of years, to reach the early Earth; only to be mined in our recent history. This presentation will examine how these riches are made, where they are found in the universe, how they got here, and the projects that are currently underway to access the great wealth of the Solar System and beyond.
Includes presentation, short 3D movie, tour of the dome and viewing of the night sky through a range of telescopes (weather permitting).
Book
Now
Saturday
11 May
7pm – 9pm
Astronomy NightThe evening will include a presentation with time for Q&A, a short 3D astronomy movie, a tour of the dome area and an opportunity to view the night sky through a variety of telescopes (weather permitting)Bookings will open a month before
Saturday
25 May
7pm – 9pm
Astronomy NightThe evening will include a presentation with time for Q&A, a short 3D astronomy movie, a tour of the dome area and an opportunity to view the night sky through a variety of telescopes (weather permitting)Bookings will open a month before
Saturday
8 June
7pm – 9pm
Astronomy NightThe evening will include a presentation with time for Q&A, a short 3D astronomy movie, a tour of the dome area and an opportunity to view the night sky through a variety of telescopes (weather permitting)Bookings will open a month before
Saturday
22 June
7pm – 9pm
Astronomy NightThe evening will include a presentation with time for Q&A, a short 3D astronomy movie, a tour of the dome area and an opportunity to view the night sky through a variety of telescopes (weather permitting)Bookings will open a month before
Saturday
6 July
7pm – 9pm
Astronomy NightSpecial Event for NAIDOC
The evening will include a presentation with time for Q&A, a short 3D astronomy movie, a tour of the dome area and an opportunity to view the night sky through a variety of telescopes (weather permitting)
Bookings will open a month before
Friday
12 July
10am – 12pm
Hands On WorkshopRockets
Ms Raelene Sommer

A workshop designed for children ages 4 - 12 but lots of fun for all ages.
Build and launch paper rockets using compressed air and watch a demonstration of a model rocket launch.
Includes presentation, short 3D movie and safe viewing of the Sun through a telescope (weather permitting).
PLEASE NOTE:
Parents/carers to remain with children at all times.
All attendees (parents/carers) require a workshop attendee ticket ($12).
There is plenty to enjoy as part of the workshop, a presentation, 3D movie, and a chance to look at the Sun safely through a telescope.
We encourage any adults that wish to participate in building and launching a rocket to purchase additional rocket kits ($5) to join in the fun.
All children must have a child ticket which includes the rocket kit ($17).
All children are expected to participate in building and launching a paper rocket.
Bookings will open a month before
Saturday
20 July
7pm – 9pm
Astronomy NightThe evening will include a presentation with time for Q&A, a short 3D astronomy movie, a tour of the dome area and an opportunity to view the night sky through a variety of telescopes (weather permitting)Bookings will open a month before
Saturday
3 August
7pm – 9pm
Astronomy NightThe evening will include a presentation with time for Q&A, a short 3D astronomy movie, a tour of the dome area and an opportunity to view the night sky through a variety of telescopes (weather permitting)Bookings will open a month before
Saturday
17 August
7pm – 9pm
Astronomy NightSpecial Event for National Science Week
The evening will include a presentation with time for Q&A, a short 3D astronomy movie, a tour of the dome area and an opportunity to view the night sky through a variety of telescopes (weather permitting)
Bookings will open a month before
Saturday
7 September
7pm – 9pm
Astronomy NightThe evening will include a presentation with time for Q&A, a short 3D astronomy movie, a tour of the dome area and an opportunity to view the night sky through a variety of telescopes (weather permitting)Bookings will open a month before
Saturday
21 September
7pm – 9pm
Astronomy NightThe evening will include a presentation with time for Q&A, a short 3D astronomy movie, a tour of the dome area and an opportunity to view the night sky through a variety of telescopes (weather permitting)Bookings will open a month before
Friday
4 October
10am – 12pm
Hands On WorkshopRockets
Ms Raelene Sommer

A workshop designed for children ages 4 - 12 but lots of fun for all ages.
Build and launch paper rockets using compressed air and watch a demonstration of a model rocket launch.
Includes presentation, short 3D movie and safe viewing of the Sun through a telescope (weather permitting).
PLEASE NOTE:
Parents/carers to remain with children at all times.
All attendees (parents/carers) require a workshop attendee ticket ($12).
There is plenty to enjoy as part of the workshop, a presentation, 3D movie, and a chance to look at the Sun safely through a telescope.
We encourage any adults that wish to participate in building and launching a rocket to purchase additional rocket kits ($5) to join in the fun.
All children must have a child ticket which includes the rocket kit ($17).
All children are expected to participate in building and launching a paper rocket.
Bookings will open a month before
Saturday
5 October
7pm – 9pm
Astronomy NightThe evening will include a presentation with time for Q&A, a short 3D astronomy movie, a tour of the dome area and an opportunity to view the night sky through a variety of telescopes (weather permitting)Bookings will open a month before
Saturday
19 October
8pm – 10pm
Astronomy NightThe evening will include a presentation with time for Q&A, a short 3D astronomy movie, a tour of the dome area and an opportunity to view the night sky through a variety of telescopes (weather permitting)Bookings will open a month before
Saturday
2 November
8pm – 10pm
Astronomy NightThe evening will include a presentation with time for Q&A, a short 3D astronomy movie, a tour of the dome area and an opportunity to view the night sky through a variety of telescopes (weather permitting)Bookings will open a month before
Saturday
16 November
8pm – 10pm
Astronomy NightThe evening will include a presentation with time for Q&A, a short 3D astronomy movie, a tour of the dome area and an opportunity to view the night sky through a variety of telescopes (weather permitting)Bookings will open a month before

If you have a question about our programs please email penrithobservatory@westernsydney.edu.au or call (02) 4736 0135