Astronomy Open Night

Astronomy Open Night

Orion nebula captured by Adam Joyce at MQ Observatory 2019

Saturday 7 September 2019
6:30pm to 10pm
Wally's Walk

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.

Please join us 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 up to 30 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! There will be a series of short talks about recent discoveries and new technology in astronomy, the role of radio astronomy, the impact of light pollution, and an illustrated talk from Macquarie University's Dr Richard McDermid about the hunt for supermassive black holes. Have fun at the Physics Magic Show, experience our universe in a Planetarium and see an exhibition of astrophotography. There will be great food and parking on site, or catch one of the new trains to Macquarie University station.

A full program of activities and tickets are available here. Note that tickets are available by pre-sale only.

If you are an MQ student or member of staff and would like to volunteer at this event you can now register your interest here.

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