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
$15.00 per person (children and accompanying adults) for hands-on 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.

Payment is non refundable, however if you notify us via email penrithobservatory@westernsydney.edu.au we can transfer your booking to another event.
Your transfer request email will be responded to within a week to confirm your new booking date.

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 2018

Date and TimeEventDescriptionRegister
Saturday
3  March
8pm – 10pm 
Astronomy Night
Big Bangs in the Night Sky - the Explosive and Dynamic Universe
Dr Martin Bell

Stars explode, black holes merge, galaxies collide, neutron stars pulse. The Universe is a ticking time bomb and it’s Dr Martin Bell's job work out where the next big-bang is going to come from. Hear about some of the latest research in time-domain astrophysics, in which we aim to detect and study dynamic and explosive objects in the Universe. Take a tour of the types of objects that can create Natures best firework displays, such as tidal disruption events, gamma ray bursts and relativistic jets from super massive black holes. Highlights will include a discussion of the recent discovery of a burst of radio waves following the cataclysmic death of two merging Neutron stars, which resulted in the detection of gravitational waves. Will also include the recent discovery of an Earth like planet around our nearest star system Proxima Centauri, which is a fairly badly behaved “flare” star and may not be capable of sustaining human life.
Includes presentation, short 3D movie, tour of the dome and viewing of the night sky through a range of telescopes (weather permitting).
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Saturday
24 March
8pm – 10pm
Astronomy NightOur Moon – Looking Lunar
Ms Raelene Sommer

Taking advantage of tonight's first quarter moon phase to have a close up look at our natural satellite, including its formation and structure as well as phenomena associated with the Moon such as phases and eclipses.
Includes presentation, short 3D movie, tour of the dome and viewing of the night sky through a range of telescopes (weather permitting).
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Saturday
14 April
7pm – 9pm
Astronomy Night
Stars, Supernova, & the size of the Universe
Dr Luke Bozzetto
Come and explore the life-cycle of stars, from their birth all the way to their deaths - in some cases the cataclysmic explosion known as a supernova. Followed by a journey through the Universe - starting from our position on Earth we will explore our surroundings by travelling outward to gain some perspective of the vast space that we live in.
Includes presentation, short 3D movie, tour of the dome and viewing of the night sky through a range of telescopes (weather permitting).
Bookings will open soon
Friday
20 April
10am – 12pm
Hands On WorkshopRockets
Ms Raelene Sommer

The workshop 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 Sun safely through a special telescope (weather permitting)
Bookings will open soon
Saturday
28 April
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 soon
Saturday
12 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 soon
Saturday
26 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 soon
Saturday
9 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 soon
Saturday
23 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 soon
Friday
13 July
10am – 12pm
Hands On Workshop
Rockets
Ms Raelene Sommer

The workshop 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 Sun safely through a special telescope (weather permitting)
Bookings will open soon
Saturday
14 July
7pm – 9pm
Astronomy Night
NAIDOC - Emu Can’t Fly, but there’s an Emu in the Sky
Ms Kirsten Banks
Australia’s First Nations people have been looking up to the sky for more than 60,000 years. Discover their astronomical knowledge through star stories as Kirsten takes you on a journey into the Southern sky.
Kirsten Banks is a proud Wiradjuri woman. Kirsten developed a love for space and astronomy after watching the phenomenal Hubble documentary at IMAX Theatres and loves to share her passion for Aboriginal Astronomy.
Includes presentation, short 3D movie, tour of the dome and viewing of the night sky through a range of telescopes (weather permitting).
Bookings will open soon
Saturday
28 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 soon
Saturday
11 August
7pm – 9pm
Astronomy NightNational 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 soon
Saturday
25 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 soon
Saturday
8 September
7pm – 9pm
Astronomy NightWorking and Observing at the Largest Telescopes in the World
Dr Caroline Foster 
A personal story of my experience working and observing at some of the largest optical facilities in the world. I will discuss my time observing at the Keck, Subaru and Gemini telescopes on Mauna Kea, the Magellan telescopes on Las Campanas, Gemini on Cerro Pachon and the Very Large Telescope on Paranal in Chile; and ours truly (as well as a personal favourite), the Anglo Australian Telescope in Coonabarabran. I look forward to telling you what it's like having spent hundreds of sleepless nights under some of the most pristine skies, at brain numbing altitudes with lunar landscapes!
Includes presentation, short 3D movie, tour of the dome and viewing of the night sky through a range of telescopes (weather permitting).
Bookings will open soon
Saturday
22 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 soon
Friday
5 October
10am – 12pm
Hands On WorkshopRockets
Ms Raelene Sommer

The workshop 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 Sun safely through a special telescope (weather permitting)
Bookings will open soon
Saturday
6 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 soon
Saturday
20 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 soon
Saturday
3 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 soon
Saturday
17 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 soon
Saturday
1 December
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 soon

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