Astronomy Open Night

Astronomy Open Night

Join us again in 2021

The Macquarie University Association for Astronomy (AfA) and the Department of Physics and Astronomy are proud to present the annual Macquarie University Astronomy Open Night. The AfA was established in 1988 by Dr. Alan Vaughan to promote astronomy outreach to the public, enabling various parts of the astronomical community to interact, and encouraging teaching and research in astronomy and astrophysics at Macquarie University. This has made the Astronomy Open Night one of the most treasured events on the Macquarie University astronomy calendar over the past 25 years.

Sadly we are unable to proceed with the Astronomy Open Night in 2020, but we hope that you'll join us again in 2021 for an incredible evening of astronomy, astrophysics, photonics, astrophotonics and all things physics – including a large outdoor area full of telescopes where you can observe celestial objects for yourself! Weather permitting, there will be a dozen or more professional telescopes aimed at the glittering night sky, operated by both Macquarie University astronomers and amateur astronomers alike. Meet and chat with real-life astronomers, observe stars, planets, nebulae, star clusters and much more, and discover the night sky like you never have before! In past years there has been a series of short talks about recent discoveries and new technology in astronomy, the role of radio astronomy, the impact of light pollution, and illustrated talks from leading local and international University researchers. Visitors on  the night have had a laugh at the Physics Magic Show, experienced our universe in a Planetarium and been treated to an exhibition of astronomical artworks.

A full program of activities and tickets will be released in mid 2021. Stay tuned! In the meantime, if you can't wait to experience the night sky for yourself check out our planetarium and Night Sky Discovery sessions here (currently on hold in 2020).

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