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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.


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 if you have any questions.