Astronomy Open Night

Saturday 5 April 2014, 6:30PM – 10:00PM

Open night is on again for another year.

The Macquarie University Association for Astronomy and the Department of Physics and Astronomy are proud to present the Macquarie University Astronomy Open Night. Join us to celebrate astronomy and physics, including viewing the night sky through up to 30 telescopes operated by both Macquarie University astronomers and amateur astronomers.

Activities include:

NB: please note that the planetarium will not be in operation this year. However, discounted tickets will be available on the night for future planetarium sessions, held in the weeks following Astronomy Open Night.


Open Night Details
Location E7B Courtyard, Macquarie University. The Campus can be reached by car or by train (Macquarie University Station on the Northern Line). STRICTLY NO FOOD OR DRINK PERMITTED IN E7B
Cost & Payment

Children/Students/Seniors: $5

Adults: $15

Families: $35 (2 adults, 2 children)

Association for Astronomy Members: Free

Although tickets will be available at the door, we strongly encourage people to purchase in advance (you will avoid the queue!). However, if you purchase your ticket online, you MUST bring your ticket with you on the night to gain entry. STRICTLY: No printed ticket, no entry!

Parking Free from 6pm only:E1 Open air and MultiDeck – off University Avenue C2, C3 MultiDeck – off University Avenue Campus maps can be viewed or downloaded here.
Weather The evening will not be cancelled in the event of bad weather, although the telescopes will not be available if it is very cloudy. But don’t worry, there will still be plenty to do!
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Illustrated Talk @ 7.30pm.

Helen Johnston from the University of Sydney (Mason Theatre, E7B)

Measuring the Universe — the story of Hipparcos and Gaia

Knowing how far away stars are is fundamental to understanding how they work. But measuring the distances to stars is a very hard problem. This talk will describe Hipparcos, the first space mission dedicated to measuring the distances to stars, and its successor, Gaia. Gaia was launched in December last year, and during its 5-year mission it will measure the positions and distances to a billion stars.

Helen Johnston

Telescopes & Stargazing

Join Macquarie astrophysicists and local amateur astronomers and explore the cosmos using various telescopes from Macquarie University Observatory, local astronomy clubs, and individual astronomers.  Look at celestial objects such as planets, star clusters, and nebulae, talk to members of your local astronomical society, and join in the action!  Several telescope vendors will be present and eager to answer all your questions about buying your very own telescope.


Short Talks

The MQ Astronomy, Astrophysics and Astrophotonics Research Centre is pleased to present a series of short talks given by our astronomers. These talks are aimed at the general public and amateur astronomers and present the diverse range of interests that are present in our growing Astronomy Department.

For a schedule of talks please click here

Aboriginal Astronomy

An Aboriginal Astronomy talk will be given by Prof. Ray Norris during the MQAAAstro Research Centre’s short talks series from 8:40-9:10pm. There will also be a booth in the E7B Courtyard.

Activities for Adults & Kids of all Ages

Come along to see the children’s activity room, robotics and laser activities. Some activities are only suitable for older children, while others are perfect for the youngest ones.

Vendors & Clubs

  • Aboriginal Astronomy
  • Astronomical Society of NSW
  • Bintel
  • National Space Society
  • The NSW Rocketry Assocation
  • AAO
  • Quasar Publishing
  • Northern Sydney Astronomical Society
  • Sydney City Skywatchers
  • Astro Optical Supply Co

Food & Drink

Food will be available in Food Court 1 & 2 next to the Central Courtyard from Taste Baguette (baguettes, cakes, coffee), Wicked Mexican (nachos, tacos etc.) and Presse Cafe (upstairs, for burgers, fries, salads and ice-cream) will be open.

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