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Stage 5 Astronomy: Structure of the Universe 

Duration: 90 minutes
1 February 2020 - 30 June 2021 Sydney Observatory Book Tickets

Space is big but how can learners show just how big it is? In this program they will:

  • Observe a solar transit to collect data to calculate the diameter of the Sun. Then they will discuss possible sources of error which is a vital activity in any science experiment
  • Explore the large scale features of the Universe from the Sun to black holes and galaxies
  • Play with the simplest of lenses and mirrors to understand the workings of telescopes and what they have shown us.

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
  • 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.

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: 5:00 pm session is available May through to July. The 6:30 pm session is available April through to September and the 8:30 pm session can be booked all year.


Learner$1590 minute program
Session$240 minimum
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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
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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