Astronomy Events

BINTEL Family Day December 2022 - Sat 3rd Dec 2022

Bintel Family Day

Saturday 3rd December 11am – 3pm

With just a few weeks to go until the summer holidays and Christmas, we know there will be many things on every family’s To Do List.  If your list includes a telescope repair/service*, picking up an optical gift or thoughtful stocking filler, Bintel invites you to bring the kids along to our Family Day.  Adults will receive expert attention to help cross items off their list and the kids can have some fun with our craft and discovery activities**.  It’s win win!

Kids’ Fun will include:

  • Space Craft
  • Discovery Activities
  • Competitions & Prizes

Popular Stocking-fillers:

  • Astronomy & Landscape Calendars
  • Bird Callers
  • Books
  • Moon & Planispheres

*Telescopes can be brought to Bintel and left with us to be returned before Christmas.  On-the-spot repairs cannot be done on the day.  Book-in here

**Bintel staff will supervise the activity area but accompanying adults must remain at Bintel and responsible for their kids at all times!

Latest Event - Geminid Meteor Shower – Dec 4th to 17th

Start date: Sun 17th Dec 2023    

The Geminid meteor shower is an annual meteor shower that occurs in mid-December. It is called the Geminid meteor shower because the meteors appear to radiate from the constellation Gemini in the night sky. The Geminid meteor shower is usually one of the best meteor showers of the year, with up to 120 meteors visible per hour at its peak. The Geminids are caused by debris from an asteroid called 3200 Phaethon, which orbits the Sun once every 1.4 years.

The meteors are visible from around December 4th to 17th each year, with the peak of the shower occurring on the night of December 13th and the early morning of December 14th. To see the Geminids, you should go to a location with a clear, dark sky and look up towards the constellation Gemini. The best time to view the meteor shower is from around 10:00 p.m. to dawn.

Coming Up - Great Sydney Total Solar Eclipse 2028

Start date: Sat 22nd Jul 2028    

Taken in Carbondale IL, USA during the Total Solar Eclipse of 2017
Canon 5D MK3 with Sigma 150-600mm lens and Baader AstroFilm solar filter.

Ok so this might be a little premature 10 years out from the event, but hey – why not get the hype machine rolling early right? There’s a lot of time to prepare and practice or at the very least, scratch a few days off your future calendar to come join us and the rest of Sydney for a total solar eclipse with a “greatest duration” of totality that passes right over the Bintel store in Glebe! Almost 4 glorious minutes of darkness await during totality. To check the map for your predicted time and proximity to totality check NASA’s website here.

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