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
8 June
7pm – 9pm
Astronomy NightOur Place in Space
Ms Raelene Sommer

An opportunity to explore some of the local phenomena we observe from Earth. Constellations in the night sky, aurora, phases of the Moon, solar and lunar 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
22 June
7pm – 9pm
Astronomy NightSeeing the Invisible
Dr Ain De Horta

Find out how astronomers have made what is imperceptible to the naked eye visible.
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
6 July
7pm – 9pm
Astronomy Night
The Astronomy and Navigation of Aboriginal Australians
Prof. Ray Norris
Special Event for NAIDOC

Aboriginal people in Australia have a rich astronomical tradition such as the "Emu in the Sky" constellation of dark clouds, and stories about the Sun, Moon, and stars,  revealing a great depth and complexity of pre-contact Aboriginal cultures. Not only did they know the sky intimately, but they were familiar with planetary motions, tides, and eclipses. Their songs and stories show that Aboriginal Australians sought to understand their Universe in a similar way to modern science. They used this knowledge of the sky to construct calendars, songlines, and other navigational tools, enabling them to navigate across the country, trading artefacts and sacred stories.
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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Thursday
11 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.
Information and Booking Link
Saturday
20 July
7pm – 9pm
Astronomy NightThe Life-Cycle of a Black Hole
Ms Jelena Sivcevic

Have you ever thought about what happens to a black hole at the end of its life? We will discuss their violent beginnings, how they manipulate space around them, the mysterious intermediate-sized black holes, and how they will meet their ultimate fate.
Join us as we explore one of the strangest objects in the universe.
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
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 in the 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 in the 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 in the 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 in the 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 in the 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 in the 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 in the 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 in the 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 in the month before

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