A NEW STAR IN TOWN

Western Times - - FRONT PAGE -

THE Charleville Cos­mos Cen­tre and Ob­ser­va­tory has wel­comed an­other star to the fold, with new co-or­di­na­tor, as­tronomer Mike Dal­ley, re­cently mov­ing to Charleville to take on the role.

RES­I­DENTS can ex­pect to be starstruck at the ABC and Aus­tralian Na­tional Uni­ver­sity stargaz­ing record at­tempt, to be held May 23 in Charleville.

The event will at­tempt to break the Guin­ness world record for the most peo­ple stargaz­ing across mul­ti­ple venues. The cur­rent world record, which was set in 2015 by the Aus­tralian Na­tional Uni­ver­sity, stands at 7960 peo­ple across 37 lo­ca­tions.

The Evening Star Land­care Group will be host­ing the star party, start­ing from 7pm, at the Evening Star Tourist Park,.

For record in­clu­sion, par­tic­i­pants will be asked to stargaze at the Moon through a te­le­scope or binoc­u­lars for a 10-minute pe­riod si­mul­ta­ne­ously.

Te­le­scopes will be avail­able for pur­chase at the party, and there will be an as­tronomer on site to hold talks about the cos­mos and a movie screen set-up for a live broad­cast on the ABC called Stargaz­ing Live with Brian Cox.

Guests are asked to keep their eyes open for more in­for­ma­tion as the event draws near, as more celestial sup­port­ing ac­tiv­i­ties will be or­gan­ised at the Evening Star Tourist Park for this awe­some evening of in­ter­galac­tic stargaz­ing.

The event is open to ev­ery­one vis­it­ing and liv­ing in south­west Queesland, so get your friends and fam­ily or­gan­ised and be a part of this great in­ter­stel­lar pro­ject to break the cur­rent world record! Tick­ets can be pur­chased from Eventbrite, and more in­for­ma­tion can be found on the Evening Star Land­care Group Star Party Face­book event page.

PHOTO: MOLLY HAN­COCK

BRIGHT STAR: Cos­mos Cen­tre co-or­di­na­tor, as­tronomer Mike Dal­ley.

PHOTO: ALEXIA AUSTIN

CLEAR SKIES: Res­i­dents are en­cour­aged to be a part of the celestial world record at­tempt.

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