Penrith stargazers observe outer space

August 14, 2017 by  

The Penrith Observatory has some interesting topics lined up for its family astronomy nights, with lectures and viewing of the skies through its computerised telescopes.

The observatory – owned by the University of Western Sydney (UWS) – is staffed by volunteers and students. The UWS conducts lectures and programmes for scholars and stargazing public, and the family astronomy nights have become a popular attraction.

The lectures cover diverse subjects, from wondering if there is life elsewhere in the galaxy, to looking at practical engineering challenges for space. Interest in such matters could inspire scientists of tomorrow to study further on the subject. Clubs and organisations might wish to conduct group bookings and use local printing services to provide flyers or booklet printing for their members to follow the stars and map their own charts of the night sky.

Astronomy Night is every second Saturday evening, from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm, and includes a lecture, a short 3D movie and, if the weather permits, a gaze at the sky through the telescopes. The Penrith Observatory is on the Werrington North campus, off the Great Western Highway.

The next event will be this Saturday, August 19, when Dr. Caroline Foster will talk about what the shape of galaxies reveals about their upbringing. Tickets are $18 for adults and $12 for children and concessions, and are available through One Stop, which can be accessed via the Penrith Observatory’s What’s On webpage.