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. The late-night program kicked off in October last year and is set to make a big return later this month.
Sydney Observatory’s late-night program
The program started 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.
The late-night program includes live astronomy talks and telescopes for viewing, along with musical performances and food and beverage. Plus hear about upcoming celestial events to look out for in 2023 — it’s poised to be a thrilling time for astronomy lovers.
The Observatory’s late-night program will return this January and run up until June with special curated events for every edition. Nicholas Ng re-tells a Chinese creation story related to the Lunar New Year with a Bugang demonstration in January with a selection of cultural food items, Asian-Australian DJs and telescope viewing from 7pm-10pm all as an ode to Lunar New Year. Read more about it here.
Here’s everything you can expect in the coming months.
• 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 for an extra cosy night out.