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 20 January (8pm - 10pm)
Astronomy Night - Gravity 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? 

Saturday 3 February 8pm - 10pm : Astronomy Night 

17 February 8pm - 10pm : Astronomy Night - Ms Kirsten Banks

Saturday 3  March 8pm - 10pm : Astronomy Night - Dr Martin Bell

Saturday 31 March 8pm - 10pmAstronomy Night

Saturday 14 April 7pm – 9pm : Astronomy Night

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

Saturday 28 April 7pm – 9pm : Astronomy Night 

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
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.