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Stage 4 Astronomy: Understanding the Solar System

Duration: 90 minutes

Now we can predict much of what occurs in our Solar System but that hasn’t always been the case.

  • How has our knowledge changed, who changed it and does it matter?
  • What evidence for Heliocentricity and Geocentricity can we see around us and through telescopes or model with augmented reality?
  • What significant event will happen in Sydney in July 2028 that won’t happen again in ours and our children’s lifetime?

Every group will:

  • Look through a telescope (weather permitting) at the surface of the Sun during the day or the Moon, planets and stars at night. They will also use basic mirrors and lenses to examine the workings of optical telescopes
  • Experience pristine dark sky in the digital planetarium where clouds never ruin the view
  • Use our unique augmented reality app to explore the Solar System, the Earth-Sun relationship and eclipses.

Every school receives:

  • Make your own sundial template
  • See, Think, Wonder thinking routine lenticular bookmark
  • The ‘Sky this Month’ star chart

Before coming for a program please show your learners this short video on how to look through a telescope. It will make the experience more enjoyable and potentially save enough time to allow us to show extra objects.

Please note:

The 5:00 pm session is available May through to July.

The 6:30 pm session is available April through to September.


Learner$15Groups of 18 or more
Session$240 minimumGroups of 17 or less
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Plan Your Experience

All the information you need to plan your visit is available on the Sydney Observatory venue page, including:

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Learning Resources

Curriculum Links

NSW Incorporating Australian Curriculum

Link Description
SC4-12ESdescribes the dynamic nature of models, theories and laws in developing scientific understanding of the Earth and solar system
SC4-1VAappreciates the importance of science in their lives and the role of scientific inquiry in increasing understanding of the world around them
SC4-4WSidentifies questions and problems that can be tested or researched and makes predictions based on scientific knowledge
SC4-5WScollaboratively and individually produces a plan to investigate questions and problems
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