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
Friday
13 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).
All children are expected to participate in building and launching a paper rocket

This Event is Sold Out

Another Workshop Available on July 20

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).

This Event is Sold Out

Tuesday
17 July
6.30pm – 9pm
Space at the Local
An Evening With Spaceflight Historian Amy Shira Teitel
Science at the Local is excited to present a special event starring Amy Shira Teitel, author of Breaking the Chains of Gravity and the host of the popular YouTube channel, Vintage Space.
A lifelong space-history nerd, Amy has turned her childhood fascination with the Apollo missions into a career researching the history of spaceflight.
PLEASE NOTE: This event is organised by Science at the Local (opens in a new window).
All enquires should go to scienceatthelocal@gmail.com

This Event is Sold Out

Friday
20 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).
All children are expected to participate in building and launching a paper rocket

Information
and
Booking
Link

Saturday
28 July
7pm – 9pm
Astronomy NightMars at Opposition
Ms Raelene Sommer
We will take advantage of passing closer to Mars as Earth overtakes Mars in its orbit around the Sun, with a special night featuring the fascinating red planet. The planet Mars has fired human imagination since we started looking at it through a telescope. What have the latest missions discovered? Are we really going to start a colony on Mars?
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
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