SCHOOL NIGHT VISIT
A night visit provides a unique opportunity for teachers and students to learn about astronomy and space exploration. Our highly trained astronomy educators can tailor school visits to meet student needs and the topics being studied. Students can view the Moon, the planets, double stars, star clusters and nebulae using the observatory’s large refracting (lens) telescope and/or modern computer controlled reflecting (mirrored) telescope.
Each 90 minute session is guided by an astronomy educator, and makes use of the telescopes for viewing (weather permitting), 3-D space theatre and the exhibition. On cloudy nights the exploration of the night sky takes place in the bean bag planetarium instead of through the telescopes.
Bookings are essential for all night visits and are held regardless of weather.
Evening sessions are available seven nights a week throughout the year (closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and Good Friday). From April to September two tours are run nightly while from October to March (when there are fewer hours of darkness in the evenings) only one tour is run nightly.
How to arrange a visit
To make a booking call 9921 3485 (10am to 5pm daily) and one of our friendly staff will assist you. Please ensure your have the following information ready:
• Name of school, address, telephone, fax and email details
• Number of students and class year
• Time of arrival and departure (allow for travel time)
• Number of supervisors according to the following ratios: one teacher per 20 students
• Any students with special needs
• The best way and time to contact you if a return call is necessary
Once a date is confirmed, you will receive a booking confirmation form, plus background material and information. When you receive this information:
• Check that all booking details are correct
• Sign and return the form