Thanks to our friends from Mount Stromlo Observatory, star gazing nights are back this year. In conjunction with the Canberra Astronomical Society, Saturn, Jupiter, and the moon, just to name a few, will be within our reach through the lenses of their telescopes, which are kindly provided by their associates.
Several telescopes will be strategically put in place so the public can get a chance to have a glimpse of the different astronomical bodies of various forms and sizes.
Also, there will be talks during the night led by astronomers from the Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics and Canberra Astronomical Society and attendees will have the rare opportunity to ask the experts some questions.
This event is absolutely free and everyone is encouraged to attend. No bookings are required. Just bring yourself and warm clothing as it can get really cold up there.
There is cafe on-site offering hot chocolate and excellent coffees which are available for purchase to keep you warm for the night. If you prefer a more cosy evening, you can also book a table for dinner while observing the night sky at your own leisure.
Before heading up, please use the all sky camera to check the conditions at Mt. Stromlo as weather can be unpredictable and clouds can quickly roll in and cover the night sky. You don't want to go up there and be disappointed because the event is cancelled due to cloudy weather.
This event has already started with only a few nights remaining, so better check out the calendar to find out the next available date.You might be lucky to see a shooting star. As they say, dreams do come true when you wish upon a shooting star.