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.

YOUR RECEIPT IS YOUR TICKET.
Bring a copy (paper or electronic) with you.

Payment is non refundable, however if you notify us via email penrithobservatory@westernsydney.edu.au, a minimum of 8 hours prior to the start time for the program, we can transfer your booking to another event. Please include the booking reference or receipt number  in your email.
Your transfer request email will be responded to within a week to confirm your new booking date.
Refer to our Cancellation and Transfer Policy for more information.

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 2020


Date and TimeEventDescriptionRegister
Saturday
8 February
8pm – 10pm
Astronomy NightGravity
Ms Raelene Sommer

Have you ever wondered about gravity? What is this invisible force that stops us from flying off into space as our planet rotates? How does the Moon stay in orbit around Earth? Why is the gravity of a black hole so strong?
Includes presentation, short 3D movie, tour of the dome and viewing of the night sky through a range of telescopes (weather permitting).
Book
Now 
Saturday
22 February
8pm – 10pm
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).
Book
Now
Saturday
7 March
8pm – 10pm
Astronomy NightThis public astronomy night includes a presentation, short 3D movie, tour of the dome and viewing of the night sky through a range of telescopes (weather permitting).tickets available during the month before
Saturday
21 March
8pm – 10pm
Astronomy NightThis public astronomy night includes a presentation, short 3D movie, tour of the dome and viewing of the night sky through a range of telescopes (weather permitting).tickets available during the month before
Saturday
4 April
8pm – 10pm
Astronomy NightThis public astronomy night includes a presentation, short 3D movie, tour of the dome and viewing of the night sky through a range of telescopes (weather permitting).tickets available during the month before
Wednesday
15 April
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).
tickets available during the month before
Saturday
18 April
7pm – 9pm
Astronomy NightThis public astronomy night includes a presentation, short 3D movie, tour of the dome and viewing of the night sky through a range of telescopes (weather permitting).tickets available during the month before
Saturday
9 May
7pm – 9pm
Astronomy NightThis public astronomy night includes a presentation, short 3D movie, tour of the dome and viewing of the night sky through a range of telescopes (weather permitting).tickets available during the month before
Saturday
23 May
7pm – 9pm
Astronomy NightThis public astronomy night includes a presentation, short 3D movie, tour of the dome and viewing of the night sky through a range of telescopes (weather permitting).tickets available during the month before
Saturday
6 June
7pm – 9pm
Astronomy NightThis public astronomy night includes a presentation, short 3D movie, tour of the dome and viewing of the night sky through a range of telescopes (weather permitting).tickets available during the month before
Saturday
20 June
7pm – 9pm
Astronomy NightThis public astronomy night includes a presentation, short 3D movie, tour of the dome and viewing of the night sky through a range of telescopes (weather permitting).tickets available during the month before
Wednesday
8 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).
tickets available during the month before
Saturday
11 July
7pm – 9pm
Astronomy NightSpecial Event for NAIDOC
This public astronomy night includes a presentation, short 3D movie, tour of the dome and viewing of the night sky through a range of telescopes (weather permitting).
tickets available during the month before
Saturday
25 July
7pm – 9pm
Astronomy NightThis public astronomy night includes a presentation, short 3D movie, tour of the dome and viewing of the night sky through a range of telescopes (weather permitting).tickets available during the month before
Saturday
8 August
7pm – 9pm
Astronomy NightThis public astronomy night includes a presentation, short 3D movie, tour of the dome and viewing of the night sky through a range of telescopes (weather permitting).tickets available during the month before
Saturday
22 August
7pm – 9pm
Astronomy NightSpecial Event for Science Week
This public astronomy night includes a presentation, short 3D movie, tour of the dome and viewing of the night sky through a range of telescopes (weather permitting).
tickets available during the month before
Saturday
5 September
7pm – 9pm
Astronomy NightThis public astronomy night includes a presentation, short 3D movie, tour of the dome and viewing of the night sky through a range of telescopes (weather permitting).tickets available during the month before
Saturday
19 September
7pm – 9pm
Astronomy NightThis public astronomy night includes a presentation, short 3D movie, tour of the dome and viewing of the night sky through a range of telescopes (weather permitting).tickets available during the month before
Wednesday
30 September
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).
tickets available during the month before
Saturday
3 October
8pm – 10pm
Astronomy NightThis public astronomy night includes a presentation, short 3D movie, tour of the dome and viewing of the night sky through a range of telescopes (weather permitting).tickets available during the month before
Saturday
17 October
8pm – 10pm
Astronomy NightThis public astronomy night includes a presentation, short 3D movie, tour of the dome and viewing of the night sky through a range of telescopes (weather permitting).tickets available during the month before
Saturday
14 November
8pm – 10pm
Astronomy NightThis public astronomy night includes a presentation, short 3D movie, tour of the dome and viewing of the night sky through a range of telescopes (weather permitting).tickets available during the month before
Saturday
28 November
8pm – 10pm
Astronomy NightThis public astronomy night includes a presentation, short 3D movie, tour of the dome and viewing of the night sky through a range of telescopes (weather permitting).tickets available during the month before

If you have a question about our programs please email penrithobservatory@westernsydney.edu.au or call (02) 4736 0135