Mount Stromlo Observatory in conjunction with the Canberra Astronomical Society invite the Canberra community to attend our public observing nights of 2015. Come and see the rings of Saturn, the craters of the moon as well as beautiful star clusters and nebulae. On the night attendees will be taken on a ‘tour of the universe’ with talks by astronomers from Mt. Stromlo Observatory, including the director of Mt. Stromlo Observatory, Prof. Matthew Colless, and observations on several telescopes.
Prof. Matthew Colless has been the director of the Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics since 2013. He currently serves on the board of directors for the Giant Magellan Telescope, a 25-meter telescope being built in Chile. In 2001, he was listed as one of the most-cited scientists in Australia. He has an interest in how galaxies form, and cosmology, including measuring sound ripples from the Big Bang called Baryonic Acoustic Oscillations.
This event is free and open to the public. Warm clothing is recommended.
In the event of cloudy weather, star gazing will be cancelled (the talks will occur regardless of the weather). You can check out the weather at Mt Stromlo using our all sky camera.
2015 Dates: 24 April, 22 May, 19 June, 24 July, 21 August (World Record Stargazing Event), and 25 September.