ABC returns to the stars

Stargazing Live, the combined television and stargazing event, which will be on the ABC again this year from 22 – 24 May. As a part of this event…

Budding astronomers and space explorers – on Wednesday 23 May, the Australian National University and the ABC will be attempting a Guinness World Record for the ‘most people stargazing – multiple venues’. The current record was set by the ANU at 7,960 people across 37 locations. During this time, we will be hosting a number of events both here in Canberra and up at Siding Spring.

The ABC and ANU are putting out the call to schools, astronomy societies, community groups, and all budding galactic explorers across Australia to join the world record attempt by hosting a Stargazing Live Star Party on Wednesday 23 May.

Yes, you can party with the stars and not starlets!

ABC Stargazing Live site

Details and how to register your party on the ABC’s website. 




For anyone interested in science…

Over six days this week, Questacon is hostingEuroscience which is a programme of activities telling the story of the past, present and future of European science and technology.

The presentations at Questacon cover the CERN Large Hadron Collider, Marie Curie, the future of energy technology, European astronomy, European dinosaurs and guest scientists in the Qlab.

New horizons voyage to Pluto and Beyond

PLUTO – New Horizon’s Voyage to Pluto and Beyond – Canberra
by American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics – Sydney Section

Launched January 19, 2006, the New Horizons mission had one goal as it ventured into the solar system – answer questions about Pluto, its moons and Kuiper Belt objects. Fast forward 9.5 years and over 5 billion kilometres, on July 14, 2015, New Horizons flew 12,500 km above the surface of Pluto, making it the first spacecraft to explore the dwarf planet. From mountains to moons and flowing ices on Pluto, the discoveries so far have been amazing.

You can learn more about these discoveries at a free ANU event open to the public. Tuesday 1 August 2017 at 6:15 pm. Bookings required

Stargazing Live on the ABC

The ABC is hosting Australian first live event broadcast on April 4, 5 and 6.

Over three consecutive nights, across ABC, ABC2 and ABC iview renowned physicist Professor Brian Cox and presenter Julia Zemiro to inspire the nation to ‘look up’ and appreciate the unique wonders of space and our cosmos. Professor Cox and Julia will be joined by experts including astrophysicist Dr Lisa Harvey-Smith from the CSIRO; astronomer Greg Quicke; Indigenous Australian Michael Anderson; and ‘Citizen Science’ advocate Dr Chris Lintott.  

Broadcasting live from the Siding Spring Observatory, Australia’s premier optical and infrared astronomical observatory, Professor Cox will lead a breathtaking journey through space using state-of-the-art technology and interacting live with viewers.  

Viewers have the opportunity to have their night sky pictures and video featured on the show – by adding the hashtag #StargazingABC to Instagram, or uploading at 

In their own unique style, the pair will tackle some of the most intriguing questions in astronomy, such as what happens if you were sucked into a Black Hole, and do aliens exist? Closer to home, there will also be hints and tips for getting started in stargazing and advice on navigating your way around the skies.

Following each night’s Stargazing Live broadcast on ABC will be Stargazing Live: Back To Earth, a 30-minute special on ABC2 in which viewers can use social media to put questions directly to Professor Cox and Julia and take part in astronomy related discussions and debates live on air.  Audiences will be encouraged to send questions to #CoxQuestions.

In the lead up to Stargazing Live, a comprehensive suite of astronomy-themed content will be showcased across ABC Radio, TV, iview and online.

Stargazing Live 4, 5, 6 April 2017 8.30pm AEST & ABC iview, 8pm SA + NT, 8.30pm AWST
Stargazing Live: Back To Earth 9.30pm AEST on ABC2 & ABC iview, 9pm SA + NT, 9.30pm AWST

Both programs will also be streamed live on both ABC TV Facebook and Youtube channels. 

See the stars a little closer

Mount Stromlo Observatory in conjunction with the Canberra Astronomical Society is holding a public observing night this Friday, 25 September, from 7pm.
“Come and see the rings of Saturn, the craters of the moon as well as beautiful star clusters and nebulae. On the night attendees will be taken on a ‘tour of the universe’ with talks by astronomers from Mt. Stromlo Observatory, including Prof. Naomi McClure-Griffiths, and observations on several telescopes.” More details are available from the ANU website .
This event is free and open to the public. Warm clothing is recommended.

Warp Drives and Bending Time

The science and science fiction of faster than light travel is the topic at the Shine Dome on Tuesday 5 May.

Professor Tamara Davis will be presenting “Warp Drives and Bending Time” as a part of the Shine Dome’s ‘Science Fiction becomes Science Fact’ public speaker series.

The event starts at 5.30pm, tickets are $6 and bookings can be made at

See back to the Big Bang and the Complexity of the Universe

Two free science forums are happening in Canberra on March 25.

Seeing back to the Big Bang – the SKA telescope’s unlimited potential (National Library at 1pm) will tackle one of the most exciting science and technology projects of this century, the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) telescope”.

Nobel Laureate Professor Brian Schmidt, Professor Brian Boyle and Dr Lisa Harvey-Smith will “address all the big issues: Will the telescope really be able to see back to the birth of the universe? How will the telescope detect the possibility of life in other galaxies? What will the SKA tell us about whether Einstein was right about gravity and the other laws of physics?”

The other forum is Complexity and the arrow of time. Is the universe getting more complex? (Australian National University at 6pm). “This is the question Dr Charley Lineweaver has tried to answer in his recent book Complexity and the Arrow of Time (edited with Dr Paul Davies and Professor Michael Ruse).

“In this talk, and the Canberra launch of the Complexity and the Arrow of Time, Dr Lineweaver will review their contributions and discuss the universe complexity question from a cosmological point of view.”

Further details and booking information can be found at