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).

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.

All public visits must be booked and prepaid online.

Video Transcript

Promotional video showing the WSU Penrith Observatory

 

Saturday 8 June 2019 - Astronomy Night | Public Astronomy Night: Our Place in Space
Speaker – Ms Raelene Sommer
An opportunity to explore some of the local phenomena we observe from Earth. Constellations in the night sky, aurora, phases of the Moon, solar and lunar eclipses.

Saturday 22 June 2019 - Astronomy Night | Public Astronomy Night: Seeing the Invisible
Speaker – Dr Ain de Horta. Find out how astronomers have made what is imperceptible to the naked eye visible.

Saturday 6 July 2019 - Astronomy Night | The Astronomy and Navigation of Aboriginal Australians
Prof. Ray Norris. Special Event for NAIDOC. Aboriginal people in Australia have a rich astronomical tradition such as the "Emu in the Sky" constellation of dark clouds, and stories about the Sun, Moon, and stars,  revealing a great depth and complexity of pre-contact Aboriginal cultures. Not only did they know the sky intimately, but they were familiar with planetary motions, tides, and eclipses. Their songs and stories show that Aboriginal Australians sought to understand their Universe in a similar way to modern science. They used this knowledge of the sky to construct calendars, songlines, and other navigational tools, enabling them to navigate across the country, trading artefacts and sacred stories.

Saturday 20 July 2019 - Astronomy Night | The Life-Cycle of a Black Hole
Ms Jelena Sivcevic
Have you ever thought about what happens to a black hole at the end of its life? We will discuss their violent beginnings, how they manipulate space around them, the mysterious intermediate-sized black holes, and how they will meet their ultimate fate. Join us as we explore one of the strangest objects in the universe.

Saturday 3 August 2019 - Astronomy Night | Theme to be confirmed 

Saturday 17 August 2019 - Astronomy Night | Theme to be confirmed 

Saturday 7 September 2019 - Astronomy Night | Theme to be confirmed 

Saturday 21 September 2019 - Astronomy Night | Theme to be confirmed 

Saturday 5 October 2019 - Astronomy Night | Theme to be confirmed 

Saturday 19 October 2019 - Astronomy Night | Theme to be confirmed 

Saturday 2 November 2019 - Astronomy Night | Theme to be confirmed 

Saturday 16 November 2019 - Astronomy Night | Theme to be confirmed 

The Observatory also runs Rocket workshops each school holidays