Our friends at Siding Spring Observatory are offering special tours of their facility during the Dark Sky Awakens Festival weekend. They regularly run tours that let you see behind-the-scenes of the past, present and future of the site, and they also have a special sun observation tour to run during the festival.
Discovery Program Tour
In 1974 The Anglo-Australian Telescope was opened by HRH Prince Charles as Australia’s National Astronomical Facility. From first light to this day, the largest optical telescope in Australia has been a world-leading facility discovering exoplanets, supernovae and galaxies.
In this 90 minutes walking tour of Australia’s largest optical telescope, your guide will share the history of this site and share some of the mysteries of our universe it has helped unlock.
Solar gazing tour
It is our nearest star and our planet’s powerhouse, the source of the energy that drives our winds, our weather and all life.
The passage of the Sun’s fiery disc across the sky — day by day, month by month — was the only way to keep track of time for countless past civilisations.
Don’t be fooled by the terminology; although it is a typical dwarf star, the Sun consumes 600 million tons of hydrogen each second and is 500 times as massive as all the planets combined.
Discover the secrets of our star in this show and experience never-before-seen images of the Sun’s violent surface.