Things are looking up for stargazers and science buffs. Powerhouse has announced a new monthly program presented right under the stars at Sydney Observatory. Get fresh perspectives from leading astronomers while enjoying music, food and drinks from leading NSW producers when the late-night program kicks off this October.
Sydney Observatory’s late-night program
The program will start with the launch of the 2023 Australasian Sky Guide. The brainchild of astronomer and author Dr Nick Lomb, the guide has been a pivotal reference point for stargazers. In this year’s edition you’ll find recent historical features, details of the year’s celestial events, monthly sky maps, recent findings from space probes and more. If looking up at the sky is something you enjoy, this is your one-stop guide for everything you need to know.
There will also be informative talks and discussions from Professor Fred Watson AM, astrophotographer Dr David Malin AM and astrophysicist and science communicator Kirsten Banks. Audiences will also enjoy a poetry performance by Kate Rees along with a chance to experience telescope views of Saturn, Jupiter and the Moon. Plus hear about upcoming celestial events to look out for in 2023 — it’s slated to be a thrilling start to the show.
Following this the Observatory’s late-night program will return every month except December with special curated events for every edition. Here’s everything in the offing in the coming months.
• Saturday, October 8, 2023 Australasian Sky Guide launch
• Tuesday, November 8, Total Lunar Eclipse
• Sunday, January 22, Lunar New Year
• Wednesday, February 22, World Pride
• March 25, Earth Hour
• Thursday, April 20, Partial Solar Eclipse
• Saturday, May 6, Full Moon
• Friday, June 22, Winter Solstice
Sydney Observatory has been a central figure in meteorology and astronomy in Australia since it was built back in 1858. Entry is free but bookings are advised. You can also get your own rugs and chairs and get extra cosy at the venue.