Astronomy Night

The Western Sydney University Observatory holds astronomy nights on various topics...

Regular Astronomy Nights include a presentation, short 3D movie and viewing of the night sky through a range of telescopes (weather permitting).

Saturday 24 March 8pm - 10pm  
Astronomy Night: Our Moon – Looking Lunar
Taking advantage of tonight's full moon to have a close up look at our natural satellite, including its formation and structure as well as phenomena associated with the Moon such as phases and eclipses.

Saturday 14 April 7pm – 9pm : Astronomy Night: Stars, Supernova, & the size of the Universe
Speaker – Dr Luke Bozzetto Come and explore the life-cycle of stars, from their birth all the way to their deaths - in some cases the cataclysmic explosion known as a supernova. Followed by a journey through the Universe - starting from our position on Earth we will explore our surroundings by travelling outward to gain some perspective of the vast space that we live in.

Friday 20 April  10am – 12pm : Hands On Workshop Rockets - Ms Raelene Sommer School Holiday Activity

Saturday 28 April 7pm – 9pm : Astronomy Night: Space Rocks & Cosmic Collisions 
Asteroids, Comets and Meteors, oh my! What are they and what happens when they hit Earth? Want to know more about the first interstellar asteroid we detected? Includes presentation, short 3D movie, tour of the dome and viewing of the night sky through a range of telescopes (weather permitting).

Saturday 12 May 7pm – 9pm : Astronomy Night 

Saturday 26 May 7pm – 9pm : Astronomy Night 

Saturday 9 June 7pm – 9pm : Astronomy Night 

Saturday 23 June 7pm – 9pm : Astronomy Night 

Friday 13 July Hands On Workshop- Rockets - Ms Raelene Sommer

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.
Saturday 28 July 7pm – 9pm : Astronomy Night 
Saturday 11 August 7pm – 9pm : Astronomy Night: National Science Week
Saturday 25 August 7pm – 9pm : Astronomy Night 
Saturday 8 September 7pm – 9pm
Astronomy Night: Working and Observing at the Largest Telescopes in the World with 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!

Saturday 22 September 7pm – 9pm : Astronomy Night 

Friday 5 October : Hands On Workshop Rockets: Ms Raelene Sommer

Saturday 6 October 7pm – 9pm  : Astronomy Night 

Saturday 20 October 8pm – 10pm : Astronomy Night 

Saturday 3 November 8pm – 10pm : Astronomy Night 

Saturday 17 November 8pm – 10pm : Astronomy Night 

Saturday 1 December 8pm – 10pm : Astronomy Night 

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.