What's On

As a response to the COVID-19 situation all events have been cancelled until further notice.

If you have already paid for an event you will be individually contacted.


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 penrithobservatory@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 2020


Date and TimeEventDescriptionRegister
Saturday
21 March
8pm – 10pm
Astronomy Night
From Darkness to Light: Star Birth in the Milky Way
Dr Nick Tothill
Stars like our sun are still being formed all around us in our Galaxy, although they're sometimes hard to see. Some of them are going to be like our own Sun, some of them will be smaller, and some will be much, much bigger. I'll talk about new stars and the places we can see them, and what this means for our understanding of our Sun and our place in the Galaxy.
Includes a presentation, short 3D movie, tour of the dome and viewing of the night sky through a range of telescopes (weather permitting).
CANCELLED
Saturday
4 April
8pm – 10pm
Astronomy NightFrom Dust to Destruction
Dr Luke Bozzetto
Explore the evolution of the Universe - from the cosmic soup present during the Big Bang, to the formation of the first stars & planets, up until our present day, and then travel into the future and look into the fate of our Sun and Earth, and the possible ends of the Universe.
This public astronomy night includes a presentation, short 3D movie, tour of the dome and viewing of the night sky through a range of telescopes (weather permitting).
CANCELLED
Tuesday
14 April
10am – 12pm
Hands On Workshop
Rockets
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).

CANCELLED

Until Further Notice

Saturday
18 April
7pm – 9pm
Astronomy Night
Dust: A Building Block of Structures in the Universe
Dr Tayyaba Zafar
One of the important challenges in cosmology is to explain the formation of structure in the Universe. More than 30% of the UV and optical light from stars in the Universe may be absorbed and reradiated thermally at infrared and millimeter wavelengths by the obscuring dust. The cool and dusty sites in the Universe provide seeds for the formation of molecules and organic compounds. These molecular clouds are actually stellar nurseries which give rise to star formation and its evolution. To study dust extinction and its properties, among various structures, Gamma-ray burst afterglows are excellent probes. This topic will cover that what we know about cosmic dust and how do we study it.
This public astronomy night includes a presentation, short 3D movie, tour of the dome and viewing of the night sky through a range of telescopes (weather permitting).

CANCELLED

Until Further Notice

Saturday
9 May
7pm – 9pm
Astronomy NightDr Karen Lee-Waddell
This public astronomy night includes a presentation, short 3D movie, tour of the dome and viewing of the night sky through a range of telescopes (weather permitting).
tickets available during the month before
Saturday
23 May
7pm – 9pm
Astronomy NightThis public astronomy night includes a presentation, short 3D movie, tour of the dome and viewing of the night sky through a range of telescopes (weather permitting).tickets available during the month before
Saturday
13 June
7pm – 9pm
Astronomy NightThis public astronomy night includes a presentation, short 3D movie, tour of the dome and viewing of the night sky through a range of telescopes (weather permitting).tickets available during the month before
Saturday
27 June
7pm – 9pm
Astronomy NightThis public astronomy night includes a presentation, short 3D movie, tour of the dome and viewing of the night sky through a range of telescopes (weather permitting).tickets available during the month before
Tuesday
7 July
10am – 12pm
Hands On Workshop
Rockets
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).
tickets available during the month before
Saturday
11 July
7pm – 9pm
Astronomy NightSpecial Event for NAIDOC
This public astronomy night includes a presentation, short 3D movie, tour of the dome and viewing of the night sky through a range of telescopes (weather permitting).
tickets available during the month before
Saturday
25 July
7pm – 9pm
Astronomy NightDr Chris Matthew
This public astronomy night includes a presentation, short 3D movie, tour of the dome and viewing of the night sky through a range of telescopes (weather permitting).
tickets available during the month before
Saturday
8 August
7pm – 9pm
Astronomy NightThis public astronomy night includes a presentation, short 3D movie, tour of the dome and viewing of the night sky through a range of telescopes (weather permitting).tickets available during the month before
Saturday
22 August
7pm – 9pm
Astronomy NightSpecial Event for Science Week
Is Quantum Mechanics witchcraft or Science?
Dr Peter Rohde 
Superpositions, spook action at a distance, entanglement, cats that are alive and dead, quantum computing - quantum mechanics has it all. Dr Peter Rohde will give you a complete run-down of all that's bizarre and unbelievable about quantum physics, raising the genuine question as to whether any of it can possibly even be true (it is).
This public astronomy night includes a presentation, short 3D movie, tour of the dome and viewing of the night sky through a range of telescopes (weather permitting).
tickets available during the month before
Saturday
12 September
7pm – 9pm
Astronomy NightDr Caroline Foster
This public astronomy night includes a presentation, short 3D movie, tour of the dome and viewing of the night sky through a range of telescopes (weather permitting).
tickets available during the month before
Saturday
26 September
7pm – 9pm
Astronomy NightThis public astronomy night includes a presentation, short 3D movie, tour of the dome and viewing of the night sky through a range of telescopes (weather permitting).tickets available during the month before
Wednesday
30 September
10am – 12pm
Hands On Workshop
Rockets
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).
tickets available during the month before
Saturday
10 October
8pm – 10pm
Astronomy NightMs Kirsten Banks
This public astronomy night includes a presentation, short 3D movie, tour of the dome and viewing of the night sky through a range of telescopes (weather permitting).
tickets available during the month before
Saturday
24 October
8pm – 10pm
Astronomy NightThis public astronomy night includes a presentation, short 3D movie, tour of the dome and viewing of the night sky through a range of telescopes (weather permitting).tickets available during the month before
Saturday
7 November
8pm – 10pm
Astronomy NightThis public astronomy night includes a presentation, short 3D movie, tour of the dome and viewing of the night sky through a range of telescopes (weather permitting).tickets available during the month before
Saturday
21 November
8pm – 10pm
Astronomy NightThis public astronomy night includes a presentation, short 3D movie, tour of the dome and viewing of the night sky through a range of telescopes (weather permitting).tickets available during the month before

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