Mt. Stromlo Public Astronomy Night Online

Mount Stromlo Observatory in conjunction with the Canberra Astronomical Society invite you to (virtually) attend our public observing night for National Science Week. 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.


Professor Penny King: “Lift Off to Mars – Exciting News About the Red Planet”

Why do scientists send space craft to Mars? What have we found and what do we hope to find? When will humans get to go? Join Prof. Penny King for a virtual journey to Mars!

Bio: Penny King is a geochemist at ANU who studies the surfaces of planets and reactions between gases, liquids and rocks in the Solar System.  She was a Science Co-Investigator on the Mars Science Laboratory mission.


Professor Kate Reynolds: "Mutiny in space? Team risks and opportunities for spaceflight missions."

What makes a highly effective space crew? How do we assess team functioning?  What happens if things go wrong? Rather than only focusing on the selection and training of individual astronauts, in this talk the study of teams and gaps in knowledge are outlined.  

Bio: Kate Reynolds is a Professor of Psychology at the Australian National University. She studies the impact of groups and norms on attitudes, well-being, behaviour and behaviour change. Currently she is conducting research on community norms and compliance with COVID-19 health behaviours. There are plans for a new project assessing team factors in space-like environments using new measurement devices.


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