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
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).
CANCELLED
Until Further Notice
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).
CANCELLED
Until Further Notice
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).
CANCELLED
Until Further Notice
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).
CANCELLED
Until Further Notice
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).
CANCELLED
Until Further Notice
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