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Starry Starry Night

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In celebration of the Year of Astronomy, Middle Head will be holding an event known as Starry Starry Night on the 10th of October.

With the assistance of Greg Madsen, an astronomer from the University of Sydney, visitors will be able to peer through a telescope into the mysterious night sky.

Located in the Sydney Harbour National Park, Middle Head is one of the best places in Sydney from which to view the heavens. Why? Well, in an enormous urban expanse like this city of ours, astronomical observations get affected by light pollution. National parks, however, are like islands in a sea of light, so that even if conditions are not as helpful as they would be in the middle of nowhere, they should nevertheless be excellent by local standards.

The evening will commence at 6:30pm, at a location to be provided upon booking. A twilight tour of the 19th century fortifications (see photos below) will be followed by stories from the Aboriginal community, before everybody gets a turn at the communal telescope (or their own, if they happen to own one). A sausage sizzle, tea and hot chocolate are included in the price, although barista coffee will cost $2.

Aerial overview
A different kind of aerial overview
Bunkers and gun emplacements

For enquiries and bookings, phone the park office on 9960-6266 during business hours.
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Why? Look up from Down Under
When: The 10th of October, 2009; 6:30-9:30pm
Where: Middle Head, Sydney Harbour National Park
Cost: Adults are $15, children $5 and families (2 adults and 2 children) $35
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