Mt. Stromlo Public Astronomy Night Online

Mount Stromlo Observatory in conjunction with the Canberra Astronomical Society invite you to (virtually) attend our public observing nights of 2020. Come and see the craters of the moon, planets, and 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 and telescope observations.

The talk was streamed on Facebook Live. You can watch a recording of the talk here on our Facebook page (see the 'Public Astronomy Nights' video playlist) or by clicking on the video in the media gallery above.

If stargazing is not possible (due to e.g. weather) then the second talk will immediately follow the first. You can check out the weather at Mt Stromlo using our all sky camera. We will also post updates on our Facebook page.

If you like what we do and would like to support our public programs, you can donate online.


Dr Brad Tucker: "Explosions and Collisions in Space" (kid friendly)

The Universe is full of the biggest and most powerful objects…and sometimes they explode and collide. Brad will talk about how active our Universe is from exploding stars to colliding galaxies and black holes. There are even crashing space stations and powerful space lasers!


Professor Naomi McClure-Griffiths: "Getting to know the neighbours: The Magellanic Clouds"

The Magellanic Clouds are nearby galaxies visible with the naked eye from the Southern Hemisphere. As so-called "dwarf” galaxies, the Magellanic Clouds are dragged about through their interaction with our much more massive galaxy, the Milky Way. I’ll describe how radio telescopes like the Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder and Parkes are helping us understand the past lives of the Magellanic Clouds and maybe even predict the future!

Bio: Prof. Naomi McClure-Griffiths is an internationally recognised radio astronomer, the 2006 recipient of the Prime Minister's Malcolm McIntosh Prize for Physical Scientist of the Year and 2015 winner of the Pawsey Medal of the Australian Academy of Science. Her research has provide insights into the structure and evolution of the Milky Way, and how it interacts with its neighbours. Naomi is playing a leading role in the scientific exploitation of the Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder and Australia's participation in the SKA


2020 Dates: 1 May (online), 29 May (online), 26 June (online), 17 July (online), 21 August (online), 25 September (online).