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.
Current Western Sydney University students and Alumni are entitled to a Concession ticket (remember to bring your student ID or Alumi card with you when you attend).

$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 TimeEventDescriptionRegister
Saturday
16 September
7.00pm - 9.00pm
Astronomy NightOvercoming Engineering Challenges in Space
Mr Nicholas Ralph

When we first ventured into space, engineering and physics was turned on its head. Battling extreme temperatures, micro gravity and radiation, the harsh reality of the true challenges behind space travel became clear. The unbound hostility of space takes no prisoners. Join us and learn how everyday devices we take for granted become deadly weapons, or totally useless, in the cold expanse of space.
Includes presentation, short 3D movie and viewing of the night sky through a range of telescopes (weather permitting).
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Friday
29 September
10.00am - 12.00pm
Hands On WorkshopRockets
Ms Raelene Sommer

Build and launch paper rockets using compressed air, watch a model rocket launch. Program is designed for primary school aged children and their carers although it is suitable for all ages that have an interest in rockets.
Includes presentation, short 3D movie and viewing of the Sun SAFELY through a telescope (weather permitting)
$15.00 per person (children and accompanying adults) for hands-on workshops
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Saturday
7 October
8.00pm - 10.00pm
Astronomy Night
You Are Here, Part I: The Solar System
Dr Nicholas Tothill

Considering it's our backyard, the Solar System shouldn't be too surprising. But from Mercury out to Pluto and beyond, the Solar System is a strange place, full of surprises and puzzles. We'll take a quick tour from the Sun to the edge of the Solar System. Since we don't really know where the Solar System ends, we might even overshoot a little!
Includes presentation, short 3D movie and viewing of the night sky through a range of telescopes (weather permitting).
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Saturday
28 October
8.00pm - 10.00pm
Astronomy Night
You Are Here, Part II: The Milky Way
Dr Nicholas Tothill

The Milky Way is our own home Galaxy, an island of stars, gas and dust spinning in space. From our Local Bubble, through Spiral Arms to the Centre of the Galaxy, and out to the Magellanic Clouds, we'll tour the Milky Way, watch stars form and explode, look for the signs of how the Milky Way was built, and find that our Galaxy might have a colourful past.
Includes presentation, short 3D movie and viewing of the night sky through a range of telescopes (weather permitting).
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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 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 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 and viewing of the night sky through a range of telescopes (weather permitting).
Bookings will open soon
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 and viewing of the night sky through a range 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