I imagine a big part of wanting to come to AstroLight is the opportunity to look through all of the different types of telescopes we will have on the Arena. There will be big ones and small ones, optical light telescopes and radio telescopes, refractors and reflectors, Dobs and SCTs. Not sure what all of those telescopes are, don’t worry, come and find out and see some amazing sights along the way.
On the night of the festival, Venus, Mars and Saturn will be in the sky along with the Moon. You will also have the chance to see stars, binary stars and star clusters. This is just a taste of what these telescopes can offer. Take them to a dark site and you will see so much more. Why? Just as our Sun drowns out the stars in the daytime with it’s bright light, so do the city lights drown out the fainter objects in the night sky. The best place to view the stars is a really dark place where there is no light pollution at all.
Of course, astronomy is weather dependent, so if it is cloudy, we will still have telescopes set up looking at things in the distance so you can still marvel at how the telescopes work and talk with our volunteers from Mount Burnett Observatory and Astronomical Society of Victoria about their telescopes and what they do. We will also be doing whatever we can to make those clouds disappear! And don’t forget, these astronomers are experts at finding gaps in the clouds, so don’t let a little cloud deter you. Of course radio astronomy sees through the clouds, so the CAASTRO MWA tile will be set up and operating.
If it rains, we will be setting some of the telescopes up inside the Planetarium foyer for you to look at and talk to the astronomers about how they work and which telescope might be the right one for you.
So head to the Scienceworks Arena to look through our ‘Field of Telescopes’ and see see the wonders of the night sky.
Check the Program page for the full schedule.
See the official Scienceworks What’s On page for further details and ticket sales. Tickets are limited, so get in quick!