Gazing the Gascoyne

Featured events , General Events , Family Friendly , Free Events At Gascoyne Junction 4 Viveash Way, Gascoyne Junction WA 6705

Saturday 19th September
5:00 - 9:00pm

Cost: Free Event

Carnarvon Visitor Centre

info@carnarvon.org.au

(08) 9941 1146

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GAZING THE GASCOYNE - STARGAZING EXPERIENCE 

The Gascoyne Development Commission (GDC) invites all stargazers and amateur astronomers to attend the first Gazing the Gascoyne 2020 event on Saturday 19 September, at Gascoyne Junction. Attendees will discover how the local Aboriginal people were connected to the night sky through a talk with Yingarrda Aboriginal Elder Raymond Edney. Following this, an astronomy expert from the Perth Observatory will explain what different stars, constellations and nebulas are before attendees are then able to experience things more intimately through one of the four telescopes that will be on site.   

ABORIGINAL STAR STORIES BY YINGGARDA MAN AND LOCAL ARTIST, RAYMOND EDNEY 

Raymond Edney was born in Carnarvon in 1967.  His Yinggarda/Bidgemia mother and Wajarri/Burringurrah father helped shape his deep devotion to family and strong regard for traditional indigenous culture.  Along with his parents, his extended family have also influenced his strong connection to Yinggarda and Wajarri country.  He works extensively within the community and beyond to keep the stories of indigenous culture alive.

PERTH OBSERVATORY 

The Perth Observatory is Western Australia’s oldest observatory which is located 35 km east of Perth in Bickley. The Observatory has served WA for more than 120 years and remains actively involved in the service of public education through Day Tours for schools and Night Sky Tours for the public. In recognition of its scientific, cultural and historical significance, the Observatory was entered on the state’s Heritage Register in 2005.

As of 1 July 2015, the Perth Observatory Volunteer Group has been running the Observatory for the Western Australian Government, so we can continue to provide the Observatory with a bright future and a place to inspire the public and young minds.

Some of the important research that has been completed at the Observatory include:

  • Co-discovered Uranus’s ring system
  • Publishing numerous Meridian Catalogues during its history
  • Was part of the NASA International Planetary Patrol in partnership with the Lowell Observatory
  • Our Astrographic telescope produced 10% of all ground-based positions for Comet Halley
  • Our Automated Supernova Search has discovered 30 supernovae
  • Discovered 29 Minor Planets between 1970 and 1999
  • Helped discover the super-earth exoplanet OGLE-2005-BLG-390lb

Each year more than 200 events are hosted by our volunteers, including night sky tours, school activities, star adoptions, guided heritage tours and public lectures, which draw more than 10,000 visitors who share the delight in the southern sky. Further afield, star viewing events are held at remote sites in WA with the aim of providing a gateway to the universe for all in WA irrespective of location. Collectively, our volunteers provide over 18,000 hours each year, comprising 6,000 hours of public events and a further 12,000 hours to developing volunteer training, preserving our heritage, administration and maintenance of our site.

THIS EVENT IS HELD IN CONJUNCTION WITH GOURMET GAZING. 

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