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World Record Stargazing Attempt

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by Vanessa M (subscribe)
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Let's hope there's clear skies on Friday August 21, because all across Sydney people will have their eyes turned upwards for a World Record Stargazing Attempt. The event is is part of an Australia-wide attempt at the Guinness World Record for Most People Stargazing Across Multiple Sites in a Country and the aim is to get at least 3000 people participating across the country.

Sydney sites where you can take part include Green Point Observatory in Sutherland, Sydney Observatory, Centennial Parklands and Dudley Chesham Oval in The Oaks.

Fees apply, so you will need to check the individual events for their prices. (Sydney Observatory is currently charging $16.00 for adults, $12.00 for Concessions, $10.00 for children and $45.00 for a family).

In some cases, the costs may get you one of the small, commemorative telescope (much like Galileo's) available for participants, or you may have to pay another few dollars. If you've got a better telescope at home, you're welcome to bring that too. You must have some kind of telescope to be counted for the record.

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The official period of stargazing will be 8.30pm to 8.35pm, but each site is holding a longer event, with different activities like barbecues, talks from astronomers, and more. Most events run from at least 7.00pm to 9.00pm, but check your chosen site for more details closer to the event.

Leading the stargazing record attempt is the Australian National University, who will also be trying to break another record - Most People Stargazing at a Single Site - at their Mt Stromlo Observatory.

The World Record Stargazing Attempt is part of National Science Week, which also includes Science in the Swamp. You can find more details on the events that make up the week (Saturday August 15 to Sunday August 23) here.
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Why? You may become a Guinness World Record holder
When: Friday 21 August
Where: Locations around Sydney (and Australia)
Cost: See individual events
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Closer to Campbelltown?.. Come to our event at The Oaks..
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