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Published May 19th 2018
Come see the stars at many of these exciting events
There are many astronomy events happening in the coming months around Sydney and regional areas. These are fabulous outings for children as well as adults, as they are quite fascinating.

1. Public Planetarium Session - Macquarie Planetarium
This will be on 7th June, 2018 from 6.30 pm to 7.30 pm. It will be held at the Macquarie Planetarium, E7B Courtyard, Macquarie Park.

Staging this event is the Association for Astronomy from the Macquarie University. The planetarium simulates the night sky exactly as it appears from Sydney. This includes special events such as the "transit of Venus" or an eclipse of the Sun.

Here you will get a look at these celestial objects, surfaces of planets, sky objects, constellations and much more!

You can take a tour of the local Solar System, gaze into the depths of the galaxy, or watch some incredible new planetarium movies. You will be able to park on Gymnasium Road, and you have to get a parking ticket. These are free for two hours.

Costs are as follows:
Adult: $13
Child/Concession: $9
Family $35

If you have any queries, please email:

2. Sydney Ideas - The state of the Universe
This talk will be held on 5th June from 6 pm to 7.30 pm. It is a FREE event and will be held at Eastern Avenue Auditorium, The University of Sydney, Camperdown. This is the Professor Walter Stibbs Lecture, by Prof. Brian Schmidt, Nobel Laureate and introduced by Prof. Joss Bland-Hawthorn, Director of the Sydney Institute for Astronomy.

It is basically about the state of the universe created so long ago. In the annual Walter Stibbs lecture, Nobel Laureate Professor Schmidt looks at the Universe's vital statistics size, weight, shape, age and composition. He will be looking at what we are doing now and what we do, or do not know, about the past, present and future.

Find out more about this event, and make a booking here.

3. We Don't Need a Map (Australia) - Film Screening
This will be held on 16th June and is presented by Sydney Latin American Film Festival. It will be on at Addison Rd Picture House, 142 Addison Road, Marrickville, and will be on from 6.30 pm to 8 pm. This is an "intergalactic tale of rebellion, symbolism and Indigenous astronomy".

Made by one of Australia's leading filmmakers, this film examines the cultural place of the Southern Cross constellation across the Australian psyche back to Australia's first peoples. The Southern Cross is the most famous constellation in the southern hemisphere.

For Aboriginal people, the meaning of this is deeply spiritual and is a totem that's deeply integrated into the spiritual and practical lives of Aboriginal people.

You can get your tickets here.

4. Planetarium Aboriginal Astronomy
This will be held on Friday 20th July and is for ages 5 to 12 years. It will be held at Roselea Community Centre, 647 - 671 Pennant Hills Road, Beecroft, from 10 am to 12.15 pm.

Registration for this event will open Monday 25 June at 9:30 am. The event is about stories in the stars - an aboriginal astronomy. The aboriginal stories of the southern skies are not so well known and are often very fascinating. They will teach children a new way of looking at the night skies in the southern hemisphere.

You can find out more and book for this event at this link.

5. Astronomy in the Park
This will be held on 17th August from 5 pm to 7 pm. It will be held in The WILD PLAY Discovery Centre, Dickens Drive, Centennial Park. Here you will escape city light pollution and join local astrophysicists and astronomers at their annual stargazing event in the heart of Centennial Park.

Part of this evening will be explained by scientists from the Sydney Observatory, the other by an aboriginal educator who will share his stories about the sky with us. One of the Park's guides will show you the park's secret in the dark.

Then at their telescope station, you will have the chance to observe the sky and ask the scientists about anything you discover. After this, there will be a campfire for you to enjoy under the stars!

You can get more information on this event at this website.

6. Stars over the Garden - Astronomy Night
This will be on Friday 10th August from 4.45 pm to 6.45 pm. It will be held at Bowden Centre, Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan.

Scientists from the observatory will introduce you to the night sky over Mount Annan. Then the Aboriginal educators will explain about their dream-time stories about the Australian sky. Then you can see through the telescopes, if the weather is fine, as well as have a glass of wine!

Cost for this is $29 for adults and $25 for Garden members and you can book your tickets here.

7. Crago Observatory
This observatory have regular evenings where they have sky tours using the observatory telescope. There is no charge, but a gold coin donation is appreciated. These tours start about an hour after sunset and generally go on till about midnight.

This is a fascinating place to go and well worth the drive to see planets, galaxies, nebulae and star clusters. These tours are weather dependant and you can see a list of the dates here.

Why not spend some time away from home and incorporate some of these events over a weekend!
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Why? for some astronomy events in NSW
When: Between June and August, 2018
Where: Around Sydney and NSW
Cost: Varies - see article
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