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ABC Stargazing Live - World Record Attempt

posted May 3, 2018, 6:28 AM by Brian Raynor   [ updated May 3, 2018, 6:29 AM ]

Join the Astronomical Society of the South West for an evening of fun and excitement as we try to break a Guinness World Record! 

On Wednesday, May 23rd the ASSW will host a Star Party in Bunbury as part of the ABC's Stargazing Live World Record Attempt.

The event will be held at the Bunbury Recreation Oval in Symmons St (map).

5.00pm: Event registration
6.00pm: Stargazing Live broadcast commences (World Record attempt will take place between 6.00pm and 7.00pm) 
8.00pm: Event concludes

*Fundraising donations are invited on the night*

To book your FREE TICKET please go to the booking site. Small telescopes for use on the night are also available for purchase.



FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs)

What is the World Record we are attempting to set? 
We are trying to set a new Guinness World Record for Most People Stargazing Across Multiple Venues. For this record, the participants will stargaze at the Moon through a telescope or binoculars for a 10-minute period simultaneously across multiple sites throughout Australia. The current World Record, set in 2015 by the Australian National University, stands at 7,960 people across 37 locations. We are aiming to set a record so large that it will be nearly impossible to break again.

Can I bring my own telescope or binoculars? 
Yes, you will need to bring your own to this event - please ensure you register for a 'Single World Record Participant - BYO Telescope/Binoculars' Ticket. 
Please note: any personal equipment brought to the event is at your own risk.

Can we share a telescope or pair of binoculars? 
No, to participate in the World Record each person will need their own individual telescope/binoculars. Sharing these items will result in disqualification from the attempt.

What happens if it is cloudy/raining? 
The event will still take place if there is cloudy/rainy weather - we only require a 10-minute viewing window on the Moon for the record attempt, so we will make every effort to participate. Unfortunately, if the weather does not clear for the 10-minute viewing window, the venue will be disqualified and the number of participants won't count towards the World Record. 
Please note: in the case of a severe weather event, please check the @WorldRecordStargazing Facebook page and your email for event updates.

Is there an age limit to participate in the event? 
While there is no minimum / maximum age for participants, please bear in mind that World Record participants must be able to look through a telescope/binoculars for a 10 minute period while remaining in a specific area. Minors should be accompanied by a parent/guardian and be supervised at all times.

What can I bring into the event? 
Please bring your own telescope/binoculars, if you have purchased a BYO Telescope/Binoculars ticket. You may like to bring a jacket/warmer clothes as it may be cold, and an umbrella/poncho in the event of wet weather. 
Please note: this is an alcohol and drug-free event.

What's the refund policy? 
No refunds will be issued as the event is free.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event? 
Please bring your printed ticket or have the ticket available on your mobile device – this will speed up our registration process on the night.

Is my ticket transferrable? 
Yes, you can give your ticket to someone else if you can no longer attend.

How can I contact the organiser with any questions? 
Please contact us on abcengagement@abc.net.au if you have any questions.

Astronomy Public Nights - April 20th, 21st & 22nd 2018

posted Mar 26, 2018, 2:03 AM by Brian Raynor   [ updated Mar 26, 2018, 2:32 AM ]

The Astronomical Society of the South West (Inc) will hold open astronomy nights for the public at their Observatory in College Grove, Bunbury, during the middle weekend of the April 2018 school holidays.

The Observatory will be open on Friday 20th, Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd of April, each night from 7.00pm to 10.00pm, weather permitting.

There will be a range of club and member telescopes available to view various astronomical targets, including Jupiter, double stars, nebula, open clusters and globular clusters.

Cost: - Adults: $12.00;   Children: - $8.00;   Family: - $35.00.   CASH ONLY.

For further information, please enquire.

Great Orion Nebula Jupiter and Moons Jewel Box Cluster 47 Tucanae

Introduction to Astronomy Course - Starting March 8th 2018

posted Feb 14, 2018, 2:08 AM by Karen Raynor   [ updated Feb 14, 2018, 2:54 AM ]

The Astronomical Society of the South West will be conducting Astronomy Classes for Beginners at our Observatory, Keble Heights, College Grove, Bunbury, for six consecutive Thursdays commencing on Thursday the 8th of March 2018 at 6.00pm, and following weeks at 6.30pm.

BOOKINGS ARE ESSENTIAL

This is a perfect opportunity to jump in and learn about astronomy and all there is to know for viewing the night sky. Each night will feature a different topic with talks and a DVD presentation, followed by viewing outside with members and like-minded people to chat with.

Topics covered include:

  • Stars & Constellations
  • Planets
  • Moon
  • Telescopes
  • Galaxies
  • Asteroids & Comets

The usual duration of each night is 90-120 minutes, depending on clear weather and if any catch-up is needed from bad weather previous weeks.

For more information download the course outline

FEES

 Full Course      Adult  $80
   Student (9yo, full time)   $40
   Family  $150
     
 First Night Only (“Taster”)  Adult  $30
   Student (full time)  $15

BOOKINGS ARE ESSENTIAL

There is a limited number of places available. 

For bookings please download the registration form. 

For any help or questions, please enquire.

        

Lunar Eclipse January 31st 2018

posted Jan 21, 2018, 9:23 AM by ASSW Google Admin   [ updated Jan 21, 2018, 7:38 PM ]

On Wednesday 31st January at 8pm the ASSW will be hosting an event for the public at the Bunbury Recreation Ground to watch the Lunar Eclipse. Club members with telescopes and binoculars will be available to show the lunar eclipse and then during the 1 hr 15 mins of total eclipse, when the moon is darkest, other astronomical targets will also be shown.

Blood-Blue-Supermoon
        Location:  Bunbury Recreation Ground (map)
        Time:        8pm to 10pm
        Cost:        Adults $5  Children $2 
                        (CASH ONLY, NO EFTPOS)
                        No Bookings Necessary. 

The Eclipse will actually be a Blood-Blue-Supermoon, an incredibly rare event! 
  • Supermoon because the moon is at the closest point in its orbit to earth, 
  • Blue moon because it's the second full moon of the month (first is on 1st Jan), and 
  • Blood because the eclipsed moon appears red due to light diffraction through the Earth's atmosphere. 
For more information about Lunar Eclipses and Supermoons see this video, or check out this page to see where and when the eclipse is visible.

Please bring any chairs, picnic rugs etc you may wish to sit on to watch the Eclipse. 

Parking available on-site near Runners Club building and at public carpark opposite side of Ocean Rd.

For those of us in South West

6:51 pm   Penumbral Eclipse begins. Moon is just below the horizon.
7:48 pm  Partial Eclipse begins. Moon is 5 degrees above the horizon.
8:51 pm Full Eclipse  (Totality) begins. Moon is 16 degrees above the horizon.
9:31 pm  Maximum eclipse. Moon is 23 degrees above the horizon.
10:06 pm Full Eclipse (Totality) ends. Moon is 28 degrees above the horizon.
11:12 pm Partial Eclipse ends. Moon is 35 degrees above the horizon.
12:10 am Penumbral Eclipse ends. Moon is 38 degrees above the horizon.

Astronomy Public Nights - January 19, 20 & 21 2018

posted Oct 24, 2017, 1:00 AM by Brian Raynor   [ updated Jan 16, 2018, 5:49 AM by ASSW Google Admin ]

The Astronomical Society of the South West (Inc) will be holding open astronomy nights for the public at our Observatory in College Grove, Bunbury, during the January School Holidays.

The Observatory will be open on Friday 19
th, Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st of January 2018 each night from 8:00pm to 10:30pm, weather permitting. No bookings necessary.

Cost: - Adults $12.00; Children $8.00; Family - $35.00. 

For further information, please enquire.


Astronomy Public Nights - September 22, 23, 24 & 25 2017

posted Oct 12, 2009, 5:34 PM by Brian Raynor   [ updated Nov 6, 2017, 12:51 AM by ASSW Google Admin ]

The Astronomical Society of the South West (Inc) will be holding open astronomy nights for the public at their Observatory, Keble Heights, College Grove, Bunbury, during the first weekend of the September School Holidays.

The Observatory will be open on Friday 22nd, Saturday 23rd, Sunday 24th and Monday 25th of September each night from 7.00pm to 10.00pm, weather permitting. No bookings necessary.

Cost: - Adults $12.00; Children $8.00; Family - $30.00.


For further information, please enquire.

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