Open Night / Fly me to the Moon

Fly me to the Moon On May 25, 1961 President Kennedy challenged the USA to get to the Moon within 10 years. What obstacles did they have to overcome to pull it off? What did we learn about the Moon? These questions and others will be addressed tonight. Presenter: Graeme Marks

Geminid meteor shower

Early morning observers can observe the peak of the Geminid meteor shower. These meteors are caused by dust released by the asteroid 3200 Phaethon impacting the Earth’s upper atmosphere at a speed of 35 kilometers per second. Maximal altitude will be 23º above horizon at 3:00am looking NE to Castor and Pollux.

Open Night / Fly me to the Moon

Fly me to the Moon On May 25, 1961 President Kennedy challenged the USA to get to the Moon within 10 years. What obstacles did they have to overcome to pull it off? What did we learn about the Moon? These questions and others will be addressed tonight. Presenter: Graeme Marks

Open Night / Light Pollution and Seeing

Light Pollution and Seeing The best spots to observe the sky will be in the Outback. However many observatories are situated in regions with a growing light pollution, massive bushfire smoke clouds, sea spray and dust. Bigger telescopes do not solve the problem - we need to illuminate our properties, factories, streets and monuments where…