Sydney Observatory Night Tour: Accessing the Southern Sky
Discover Sydney Observatory’s East Dome accessible telescope* and explore the highlights of the southern night sky. For thousands of years, human beings have been looking at the stars to share with each other the mysteries of our universe. Come and join us for an evening under the stars!
With a special focus on the broader theme of access, we will explore how astronomers turned limitations into strengths with their unique perspectives. Featuring a discussion on Kepler’s contribution to visual neuroscience, women’s role in astronomy and how ancient astronomers could make big discoveries with simple instruments.
The tour includes a presentation in our Space Theatre, the Planetarium and a telescope viewing (weather permitting)*. Please let us know in advance if you might need assistance with accessing our site.
Dr. Richard Chi. Richard has a background in neuroscience and works as an astronomy educator at Sydney Observatory. He was previously an astronomy guide at the world’s largest dark sky reserve and his research was featured in Scientific American.
About Sydney Observatory East Dome
The Sydney Observatory East Dome opened in 2015 and was especially designed and funding with the help of the NSW Department of Ageing Disability and Home Care. The East Dome is wheel chair accessible and includes a new telescope with the revolutionary Articulated Relay Eyepiece, enabling telescope viewing for those who use wheelchairs and have other mobility considerations.
For more information about Sydney Observatory site accessibility click here.
Terms and Conditions
* Tours are held regardless of the weather. If viewing through the telescopes is not possible due to sky conditions, other activities will be arranged. Tickets are non-refundable but may be exchanged or rain checked for patrons who contact the Observatory prior to 12 noon on the day of their tour. Rain checked tickets last for up to 3 months or three booking attempts. Full terms and conditions are available here.
Please be on time as the tour starts from inside the Observatory building shortly after the doors open. Night visits need to be booked and pre-paid. Bookings, including group bookings, can be made up to three months in advance online or by calling Sydney Observatory (02) 9217 0111.
Image Courtesy of MAAS