Astrotourism is taking off in and around Northam! At a fun, family friendly community stargazing night, find out about astrotourism and what it means for Northam. Then take a journey to the stars. Look through telescopes to see the Moon, Great Orion Nebula, Jewel Box Cluster in the Southern Cross and more!
When: From 6:00pm – 8:30pm, Saturday 4th April 2020
Where: Bilya Koort Boodja at 6:00pm for Astrotourism talk, Bernard Park at 7:15pm for stargazing.
What to bring: BYO Chairs, rug, picnic, drink, torch, warm clothes, fly net and insect repellent. This event will go ahead rain, hail or shine.
Bookings: Free community event. Please RSVP by Friday 3 April to firstname.lastname@example.org.
More Details: https://astrotourismwa.com.au/northam-stargazing-event/
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.
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.