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 2018

Date and TimeEventDescriptionRegister
Friday
5 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.
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Saturday
6 October
7pm – 9pm
Astronomy Night
Stars, Supernova, & the Size of the Universe
Dr Luke Bozzetto
Come and explore the lifecycle 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).
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Saturday
20 October
8pm – 10pm
Astronomy NightNew Worlds
Dr Nicholas Tothill

We have now known about the existence of planets around other stars for almost a quarter-century. We've found planets with two suns, planets a bit like the ones we know, and planets very different to anything we've seen in our own Solar System. Dr Nick Tothill will talk about some of the planets out there, and how we get to find out about them.
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 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