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.

Payment is non refundable, however if you notify us via email penrithobservatory@westernsydney.edu.au we can transfer your booking to another event.
Your transfer request email will be responded to within a week to confirm your new booking date.

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
Saturday
12 May
7pm – 9pm
Astronomy NightSpace Junk
Ms Raelene Sommer

Old satellites, discarded rocket stages and the fragments they leave when they break up. Orbital debris is circling around our planet. How did it get there, why do we care and what can we do about it?
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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Wednesday
23 May
7pm - 10pm
World Record Stargazing
World Record Stargazing
Yes that's right, we are participating in the 2018 attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the most people stargazing at the same time across multiple locations within one country.
This will not be like our usual astronomy nights, so there is no formal program, no presentation, 3D movie or tour of the dome.
It is just an opportunity for everyone to join us for an evening picnic on the hill next to the observatory and be part of an Australia wide event.
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Saturday
26 May
7pm – 9pm
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 and viewing of the night sky through a range of telescopes (weather permitting).
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Saturday
9 June
7pm – 9pm
Astronomy Night
Following Light to the Beginning of the Universe
Dr Luke Barnes

How do we know what the Universe is made of? And what shapes its parts into the stars, galaxies and clusters of galaxies that we see around us? Starting from the very early universe, Dr Luke Barnes will discuss how the fundamental factors of our universe, its forces, particles, and the dynamical stage that they tread (space time), compete and cooperate to fashion the Universe today.
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
23 June
7pm – 9pm
Astronomy Night
From Darkness to Light: Star Birth in the Milky Way
Dr Nick Tothill
Stars like our sun are still being formed all around us in our Galaxy, although they're sometimes hard to see. Some of them are going to be like our own Sun, some of them will be smaller, and some will be much, much bigger. I'll talk about new stars and the places we can see them, and what this means for our understanding of our Sun and our place in the Galaxy.
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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Friday
13 July
10am – 12pm
Hands On Workshop
Rockets
Ms Raelene Sommer

The workshop 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 Sun safely through a special telescope (weather permitting)
Bookings will open soon
Saturday
14 July
7pm – 9pm
Astronomy Night
NAIDOC - Emu Can’t Fly, but there’s an Emu in the Sky
Ms Kirsten Banks
Australia’s First Nations people have been looking up to the sky for more than 60,000 years. Discover their astronomical knowledge through star stories as Kirsten takes you on a journey into the Southern sky.
Kirsten Banks is a proud Wiradjuri woman. Kirsten developed a love for space and astronomy after watching the phenomenal Hubble documentary at IMAX Theatres and loves to share her passion for Aboriginal Astronomy.
Includes presentation, short 3D movie, tour of the dome and viewing of the night sky through a range of telescopes (weather permitting).
Bookings will open soon
Saturday
28 July
7pm – 9pm
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 August
7pm – 9pm
Astronomy NightNational Science Week
The 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
25 August
7pm – 9pm
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
8 September
7pm – 9pm
Astronomy NightWorking and Observing at the Largest Telescopes in the World
Dr Caroline Foster 
A personal story of my experience working and observing at some of the largest optical facilities in the world. I will discuss my time observing at the Keck, Subaru and Gemini telescopes on Mauna Kea, the Magellan telescopes on Las Campanas, Gemini on Cerro Pachon and the Very Large Telescope on Paranal in Chile; and ours truly (as well as a personal favourite), the Anglo Australian Telescope in Coonabarabran. I look forward to telling you what it's like having spent hundreds of sleepless nights under some of the most pristine skies, at brain numbing altitudes with lunar landscapes!
Includes presentation, short 3D movie, tour of the dome and viewing of the night sky through a range of telescopes (weather permitting).
Bookings will open soon
Saturday
22 September
7pm – 9pm
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
Friday
5 October
10am – 12pm
Hands On WorkshopRockets
Ms Raelene Sommer

The workshop 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 Sun safely through a special telescope (weather permitting)
Bookings will open soon
Saturday
6 October
7pm – 9pm
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
20 October
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
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