Public Stargazing Nights
Please note that during the COVID-19 pandemic, we are taking the responsible precaution of having NO further telescope stargazing nights for the public, scouts, guides and schools in 2020 in order to avoid potential spread of the virus by contact with shared telescopes.
However, MPAS members continue to enjoy access to the observatory as per guidelines detailed in member emails when the government issues updates. Online member interactions continue as normal.
New membership applications are welcomed! For more info, please feel free to contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org.
MPAS has a long history of introducing schools and community groups to the wonders of the night sky and we endeavour to give the public the opportunity to view these same treasures at our monthly Public Stargazing Nights.
Held on the FIRST FRIDAY of each month at the Briars Astronomy Centre (map on left sidebar), commencing at 8pm, these popular events are a great chance to view the Moon, planets like Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn, interesting stars and clusters as well as bright satellite and Space Station passes, all with a wide array of telescopes supplied by our members.
We also show a variety of multimedia presentations to spark your interest and we endeavour to answer any question in the Universe! Free light refreshments are supplied as well.
These family-friendly nights are held regardless of the weather, with an extended presentation if sky viewing is not possible.
Bookings are essential as space is limited (excuse the pun), so secure your spot beforehand and pay electronically by booking online.
Alternatively, leave your details on 0419253252 or email us at email@example.com
Cost for adults is $15.00, Kids $5.00 and families are $35.00.
Payments (cash only) can be still taken at the gate but booking online is encouraged.
Frequently Asked Questions...
What is the format of the Public Stargazing Nights?
In the majority of cases, the presentation is held first, followed by the viewing. In the summer months, it's still daylight when we start so it has to be this way. In the winter, viewing can also be done before the presentation: if a large number attend we can also split into two groups, one viewing while the other sees the show, then swapping over.
Can I bring my kids?
Absolutely! Even the littlies get a thrill from looking through a telescope. The presentations are aimed at a general audience but seem to keep the attention of most children with animation, sound and video. Just remember to keep an eye on them around expensive equipment. All Children under 16 must be accompanied by a parent / guardian.
What if it's cancelled?
We never cancel a public night. Sounds strange, but it's easier for us to attend and at least do the presentation than try and decide if we should cancel, then attempt to contact everyone. If it's pouring rain you can still come along for the show and return for free on the following Public Night midway through the evening at 9pm.
See you there!