[ASC-list] News and Events at Gingin Observatory (WA)

Sarah Lau SLau at chemcentre.wa.gov.au
Mon Feb 28 04:20:03 UTC 2011


Posted on behalf of Carol Redford - enquiries to 
stars at ginginobservatory.com

 

 

News - March 2011

 

Sensational Saturn has just returned to Gingin Observatory stargazing
nights! This is one of the most beautiful planets to see through a
telescope. The ring system is spectacular! Gingin Observatory is only an
hour north of Perth and has brilliant dark skies for stargazing. Some of
the best in the world!

 

Plus Astrofest 2011 is just around the corner. Saturday, 12 March 2011
will see dozens of telescopes at Curtin University. This is a FREE event
for all! So don't miss out on a great chance to see our wonderful
Universe through telescopes of all shapes and sizes!

 

QUICK INDEX

 

Events

Astrofest 2011 (Saturday, 12 March 2011)

Labour Day Long Weekend Stargazing (4, 5 and 6 March 2011)

Earth Hour Stargazing (Saturday, 26 March 2011)

 

Coming Up!

Southern Cross and Saturn Spectacular Bus Tour (Sunday, 17 April 2011)

Early and Extended Stargazing Nights (April School Holidays)

 

EVENTS

 

ASTROFEST 2011 (SATURDAY, 12 MARCH 2011)

Astrofest 2011 will take place on Saturday, 12 March 2011 at Curtin
Stadium on the Curtin University campus in Bentley. This festival is a
celebration of astronomy, science and the amazing West Australian night
sky. It is a FREE family friendly event and will provide a fun and
engaging educational experience for all.

 

>From 5pm there will be displays, information booths, activities and an
AstroArt exhibition on offer, before the Sun sets and night sky
observing gets underway around 7pm. Astrofest is coordinated by
Astronomy WA, the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research,
Scitech and the WA branch of the Australian Science Communicators. For
more details please visit www.astronomywa.net.au. This event is suitable
for all ages.

 

If you pre-register to come along to Astrofest, you are in the running
to win prizes! Cool astronomy equipment is up for grabs for Astrofest
fans! Click here
<http://www.astronomywa.net.au/component/facileforms/?ff_form=5&ff_page=
1>  to pre-register!

 

LABOUR DAY LONG WEEKEND STARGAZING (4, 5 AND 6 MARCH 2011)

This Labour Day long weekend, get out under the dark night sky and see
the Milky Way Galaxy at its best! On these moonless nights, distant star
clusters, nebula and galaxies can be seen through the telescopes at
Gingin Observatory. A laser beam pointer show will highlight the night's
constellations.

 

4, 5 and 6 March 2011. 7.30pm-10pm. $39.50 adults, $35 seniors, $24
children (6-16 years) and $120 family (2 adults and 2 children).
Bookings: www.ginginobservatory.com or 08 9575 7740. Suitable for all
ages.

 

EARTH HOUR STARGAZING (SATURDAY, 26 MARCH 2011)

Celebrate Earth Hour 2011! It's a special night when everyone is
encouraged to turn off lights for an hour between 8.30pm and 9.30pm.
Gingin Observatory always turns its lights out. It's called
"eco-astronomy"! Join Gingin Observatory Astronomers as they guide you
across the night sky with a laser beam pointer and then join in the fun
of looking at objects such as planets and stars through telescopes.

 

Saturday, 26 March 2011. 7pm-9.30pm. $39.50 adults, $35 seniors, $24
children (6-16 years) and $120 family (2 adults and 2 children).
Bookings: www.ginginobservatory.com or 08 9575 7740. Suitable for all
ages.

 

COMING UP!

 

SOUTHERN CROSS AND SATURN SPECTACULAR BUS TOUR (SUNDAY, 17 APRIL 2011)

This wonderful bus tour is hosted by Funseeker Tours and will take you
on a special space journey! Check out Australia's most famous
constellation, the beautiful Southern Cross. Use it to find south! And
view the most spectacular of all our Solar System planets, Saturn!

 

Pick up points are at various locations in Perth so you can sit back,
relax and leave the driving to someone else. Enjoy dinner before heading
to the stars at Gingin Observatory. View through telescopes, see a
fascinating laser beam constellation tour and then fly you through the
Milky Way Galaxy on the big screen before you hop back on the bus to
head home. It's never been easier!

 

Bookings are essential and can be made by calling Funseeker Tours on 08
9478 5520 (24hrs). Pick up points are at various locations in Perth.
$110.00 adults or $99.00 seniors/concession/child under 16 years. Prices
include bus travel, meal and stargazing.

 

EARLY AND EXTENDED STARGAZING NIGHTS (APRIL SCHOOL HOLIDAYS)

It's on for young and old at Gingin Observatory during the April school
holidays! There are special early stargazing sessions suitable for
families with younger children or extended stargazing sessions suitable
for adults and children who want to know more about space.

 

Early Stargazing nights for families with young children feature space
games, short theatre shows and viewing through telescopes. See Saturn,
stars and more. 6pm-7.30pm.

 

Extended Stargazing nights are a bit longer and more in depth for those
who want to know more about space! There will be more theatre shows and
a longer time viewing through telescopes. See Saturn, distant star
clusters, nebula and galaxies. 8pm-10pm.

 

27, 29, 30 April or 1 May 2011. Early sessions are $35 adults, $30
seniors, $20 children (6-16 years) and $106 family (2 adults and 2
children). Extended sessions are $39.50 adults, $35 seniors, $24
children (6-16 years) and $120 family (2 adults and 2 children).
Bookings: www.ginginobservatory.com or 08 9575 7740.

 

 

See you in the stars!

Carol Redford and Donna Vanzetti

 

Head Stargazers

Gingin Observatory

PO Box 184

GINGIN WA 6503

t: +61 8 9575 7740

e: stars at ginginobservatory.com

w: www.ginginobservatory.com

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