Looking back 13 billion years into the constellation of Fornax and seeing 10,000 galaxies

Astronomy: Space is Big

Only until December 2019 Sydney Observatory Book Tickets

Learners will dive deep into Earth and Space during this program by observing, collecting data and calculating the size of the Sun (day) or Moon (night where visible). They will explore the major features of and current theories about the origin of the Universe in the recently upgraded digital planetarium. Practical exercises using simple mirrors and lenses will help demonstrate how technological developments have helped us understand the overall structure of the Universe, all from our small blue home in the Orion arm of the Milky Way galaxy which is part of the Virgo supercluster! If weather permits, learners will look through a professional telescope to see objects in the sky.

For added value why not consider a 45 minute Australian Indigenous Astronomy add-on program that looks at the astronomy of the Boorong community of the Wergaia Nation from what is now considered to be north western Victoria.

Please note: 5:00 pm session only available May through to July. 6:30 pm sessions April through to September and 8:30pm all year.


Learner$1590 minute program
Session$240 minimum
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Plan Your Experience

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Learning Resources

Curriculum Links

NSW Incorporating Australian Curriculum

Link Description
SC5-12ESdescribes changing ideas about the structure of the Earth and the universe to illustrate how models, theories and laws are refined over time by the scientific community
SC5-1VAappreciates the importance of science in their lives and the role of scientific inquiry in increasing understanding of the world around them
SC5-4WSdevelops questions or hypotheses to be investigated scientifically
SC5-6WSundertakes first-hand investigations to collect valid and reliable data and information, individually and collaboratively
SC5-7WSprocesses, analyses and evaluates data from first-hand investigations and secondary sources to develop evidence-based arguments and conclusions
SC5-9WSpresents science ideas and evidence for a particular purpose and to a specific audience, using appropriate scientific language, conventions and representations
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