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.
Please Note: 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.
Please Note: 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).
Please Note: 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.

Public Events Program 2017

Date and TimeEventDescriptionRegister
Saturday
25 November
8.00pm - 10.00pm
Astronomy NightFrom Conventional Rockets to the Warp Drive
Mr Nicholas Ralph

Trekking Kilometres on Earth might seem like a task, but in the vast empty void of space we face far greater distances. Beginning with our fight against gravity, voyaging to distant planets has become a dilemma of money, time, and critically, energy. Join us in exploring humanity's journey from conventional rockets to nuclear propulsion and take a peek at the real science behind the fabled warp drive.
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
9 December
8.00pm - 10.00pm
Astronomy Night
You Are Here, Part III: The Universe
Dr Nicholas Tothill

Leaving our own Galaxy behind, we travel out into the Universe, looking for the biggest objects of all. Clusters, superclusters, walls of galaxies and voids full of nothing, all pushed and pulled around by mysterious dark matter and even-more-mysterious dark energy. As we travel outwards, we travel back in time towards the beginning of the universe, and ask, 'what happens now...?'
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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If you have a question about our programs please email penrithobservatory@westernsydney.edu.au or call (02) 4736 0135