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
17 June
7.00pm - 9.00pm
Astronomy NightCosmic Collisions
In the lead up to Asteroid Day on June 30 we look into asteroids, comets and meteors. What are they and what happens when they hit Earth.
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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Friday
7 July
10.00am - 12.00pm
Hands On WorkshopRockets
Build and launch paper rockets using compressed air, watch a model rocket launch.
Includes presentation, short 3D movie, tour of the dome area 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
15 July
7.00pm - 9.00pm

Astronomy Night

The Living Traditions of Aboriginal Astronomy and Navigation - NAIDOC WEEK - Professor Ray Norris
Aboriginal people have studied Australian skies for thousands of years, seeking to understand the sky and their place in it, as well as using it for practical purposes like calendars and navigation.
While some languages and cultures have sadly passed away, others still live, and are even being rejuvenated. We are fortunate that there are elders who can still recount this ancient knowledge in their traditional songs and stories.
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
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).
Bookings will open soon
Saturday
5 August
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
19 August
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
2 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
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 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
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