Night school visits
Mt Stromlo Observatory offers 2-hour (flexible) evening school/educational group visits. A typical evening visit starts with a welcome by professional astronomers, followed by a behind-the-scenes tour of the research buildings.
The tour includes viewing the labs where instruments for the Giant Magellan Telescope are being built, our Laser Space Debris Telescope, a 250kg meteorite, Professor Brian Schmidt's Nobel Prize and more. The visit then continues with the main part of the evening, a stargazing session using Mt Stromlo's outreach telescopes. To complete the visit there will be a Question & Answer session with our astronomers. Depending on the length of the visit, students may also participate in hands-on activities in the Visitor Centre.
Please note that the actual objects observed will depend on the scheduled date and that in the event of cloudy weather, either an alternative program (including a tour of the observatory) can be run or the session rescheduled.
We also offer 1-2 hour (flexible) daytime school/educational group visits. A typical daytime visit takes students on a tour around the site showing them both the research buildings and telescope domes while explaining the science that has been done at Mt Stromlo over the past 100 years.
On the tour, we also talk about the current science projects being undertaken and our future plans. The tour may include viewing the labs where instruments for the Giant Magellan Telescope are being built, our Laser Space Debris Telescope, a 250kg meteorite, Professor Brian Schmidt's Nobel Prize and more. Students will also have the opportunity to ask questions. Depending on the length of the visit, students may also participate in hands-on activities in the Visitor Centre.
Our education programs are suitable for both primary and secondary school students, including Year 10, 11, and 12 physics students. We can cater for group sizes up to around 45 students.
Download our booking form here (PDF, 196KB) and our terms and conditions here (PDF, 98KB), which includes rates. For more information or to arrange a date for your school to participate, please contact us by email. We accept bookings Monday-Thursday and require a minimum of two weeks' notice.
We are currently taking bookings for 2019. Bookings for 2020 will open on 29 November 2019.
We try to keep our public outreach and education programs as accessible as possible by charging minimally. If you would like to support our public programs, you can donate online.