Join us for some astronomy and social stargazing under the stars! We’ll start off with a short 20-30 minute presentation to learn a bit more astronomy before heading out to the oval for some stargazing.
This is a great fun and social stargazing night where you can meet up with other members and make new friends with others who share a love of astronomy and the night sky. You’ll learn some astronomy along the way!
WHO IS SUITED TO THIS CLASS?
You have a telescope but are not sure how to use it properly.
Members who have been using their telescopes for a while and want to enjoy a fun and social night out and, at the same time, find new things to see in the night sky and learn a bit more astronomy along the way.
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN:
We’ll all learn some astronomy!
Beginners or anyone with a new telescope, will receive hands on and practical guidance on setting up and using your new equipment.
For those more confident with telescopes, our Astronomy Guides will be challenging you to find new objects in a dark sky!
WHEN: 7.00pm-9.30pm Sunday 5th December, 2021
WHERE: Henderson Environmental Centre, End of Groat Street, North Beach
Non-members are welcome. Bookings are essential.
$115 Telescope Owner
$153.50 Telescope Owner + 1 Adult (One telescope between two. Bring a friend or family member for company.)
$142.50 Telescope Owner + 1 Child (One telescope between two. Bring a keen young astronomer! Recommended for children aged 10-16 years.)
FREE ENTRY FOR GOLD & PLATINUM MEMBERS:
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.