What's On

Cost for Public Astronomy Programs:
$18.00 Adult
$12.00 Child/Concession
$50.00 Family (2 adults + 2 children)
Children under 3 years of age free.

$15.00 per person (children and accompanying adults) for hands-on workshops

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 by noon the day of your booking, we can transfer your booking to another night. 

Public Events Program 2017

Date and Time Event Description Register
Saturday
22 July
7.00pm - 9.00pm
Astronomy NightCassini's Last Hurrah - the Grand Finale at Saturn
Professor Fred Watson

If there was ever a space project that totally exceeded the expectations of the scientific world, it has been the Cassini mission to Saturn. Launched in 1997, Cassini reached its target after a seven-year journey, and immediately began re-writing the textbooks. Now, 13 years later, we have a remarkable catalogue of amazing discoveries. Storms and a hexagonal jet-stream in the planet's atmosphere, ripples and spokes in its rings, global oceans and oily seas on its moons – and they are just the start. But the best may be yet to come. With the spacecraft's fuel running out, mission controllers have thrown caution to the winds in an audacious series of orbits that thread Cassini between the rings and the planet before a final plunge into Saturn's atmosphere on 15 September. Celebrate this triumphant mission with Fred Watson, as he presents an entertaining update on all things Cassini.
 Includes presentation, short 3D movie, tour of the dome area and viewing of the night sky through a range of telescopes (weather permitting).
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Saturday
5 August
7.00pm - 9.00pm
Astronomy NightIs anybody out there? The search for extraterrestrial intelligence: A how to guide
Dr Ain De Horta

If you've ever wondered if there are other intelligent beings in the universe that are looking out from their home planet wondering the same, then this is the presentation for you. We will look at how we are currently searching for evidence of other intelligent beings in the universe and how we might search in the future.
 Includes presentation, short 3D movie, tour of the dome area and viewing of the night sky through a range of telescopes (weather permitting)
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Saturday
19 August
7.00pm - 9.00pm
Astronomy NightWhat the shape of galaxies reveals about their upbringing – NATIONAL SCIENCE WEEK
Dr Caroline Foster

The nature of astronomical distances is such that even our nearest neighbouring galaxy is too far to explore by probe. So, much like shadow puppetry, astronomers can only see galaxies in projection on the celestial sphere. Since distinct shapes project identically in 2D, measuring the true 3D (or intrinsic) shape of galaxies is an easy problem to pose, but a challenging one to solve. After 9 decades of effort, astronomers are finally making some headway thanks to a new technology called "multiplex integral field spectroscopy". I will briefly present this new technology and outline the role that Australian researchers have played in its development. I will also show how we are finally answering the 90 years old puzzle of the true shape of galaxies. You'll be amazed at how the 3D shape of galaxies can reveal much about how they were born and have grown up.
Includes presentation, short 3D movie, tour of the dome area and viewing of the night sky through a range of telescopes (weather permitting).

 

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Saturday
2 September
7.00pm - 9.00pm
Astronomy NightGoing walkabout with the Murchison Widefield Array
Dr Emil Lenc

Mid-2016 marked the third year of science operations of the Murchison Widefield Array (MWA) - a radio telescope situated in the Western Australian desert. Despite its humble beginnings and relatively low build cost, it has aided astronomers to perform a wealth of scientific research to date. While specifically designed for an ambitious program to look back at the early Universe and to find evidence of the first stars, it has instead turned out to be an incredibly powerful and versatile instrument. I will highlight some of the science performed over the past three years, discuss upcoming upgrades to the MWA, and how it fits in with the even more ambitious Square Kilometre Array (SKA).
Includes presentation, short 3D movie, tour of the dome area and viewing of the night sky through a range of telescopes (weather permitting).
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Saturday
16 September
7.00pm - 9.00pm
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
7 October
8.00pm - 10.00pm
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
28 October
8.00pm - 10.00pm
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
11 November
8.00pm - 10.00pm
Astronomy NightVolcanoes of the Solar System
Dr Andrew McGonigle

Whilst earth is volcanically active, the real volcanic wonders of the solar system lie far beyond our planet. Indeed, volcanoes on Mars, Venus, The Moon and Io, to name a few locations, outstrip those of Earth in scale and vigour. This talk will provide an overview of our growing understanding of extra-terrestrial volcanism and different it is to that on Earth.
Includes presentation, short 3D movie, tour of the dome area and viewing of the night sky through a range of telescopes (weather permitting).
Bookings will open soon
Saturday
25 November
8.00pm - 10.00pm
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
9 December
8.00pm - 10.00pm
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