Help make not one, but TWO World records on the one night
On Friday August 21st between 6pm - 9pm, Mount Stromlo Observatory in conjunction the Canberra Astronomical Society will attempt the Guinness World Record for "Most People Stargazing at a Single Site" - a record that has never been attempted before.
Source: Mount Stromlo World Record Attempt Facebook page.
They will also be attempting the record for "Most People Stargazing Across Multiple Sites in a Country", with over 30 sites across Australia also participating on the night.
The Guiness World Records website states that the current record holders for this record are from Mexico: "The record for the most people stargazing at multiple venues is 3,006 participants and was achieved by the country of Mexico, from 33 locations, on 20 April 2013".
The organisers believe they can beat this record on the night - and you could be part of it, right here in Canberra.
Help Mount Stromlo Observatory make two world records at the ANU Campus, Acton. Source: Stromlo Observatory website.
Due to the numbers they expect for this evening, the record attempt will be held at the Australian National University campus on the Fellows Oval and surrounds.
The University will turn off all their lights so that everyone can stargaze without light distraction. For the World Record to be valid, everyone needs to be star gazing through a telescope. They recommend you bring your own telescope, however if you don't have one they are selling small commemorative World Record Stargazing telescopes on the night for $5.50 each - or you can pre-purchase these here.
National Geographic will be streaming the whole event live, so your friends at home and around the world can watch it too.
There will also be talks on the night by Professors Brian Schmidt, Lisa Kewley, Martin Asplund and others held in the Manning Clark Theatre. As the evening will be held on the ANU campus there will be plenty of parking as well as food stalls and entertainment to enjoy throughout the evening - and coffee to keep you warm!
Check their Facebook page for updated info before the event.
So get out your warmest clothes and join thousands of astronomy enthusiasts in creating a Guiness World Record at ANU - you may not get your specific name mentioned in the book but you will know that you were there!