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.
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.
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.