Science in the Pub 2022. Back LIVE at the Coona Golf Club

Friday 30th September at 6:30pm

2357 Development Group INC will bring you the 2022 Science in the Club event.

Join our MC Matt Dodds and a line up of stellar guest panelists for a fun filled evening discussing the mysteries of the Universe

Our panelists this year include;
  Fred Watson
  Jackie Bondall
  Jonti Horner
  Krystal De Napoli

Dinner and show tickets will be on sale soon. Dinner starts at 5pm at the Club. There is a choice of meals with information to come. Tickets for meals on site MUST be bought when purchasing tickets. The show will start from 6:30pm.


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Open Day 2022 Siding Spring Observatory in Coonabarabran.

1st October 2022

2022 is currently being organised so start booking your accommdation in town. There will be lots to do over the weekend around Coonabarabran

For just one day of the year, Siding Spring Observatory in Coonabarabran opens its telescopes to the public. It's your chance to take a closer look at Australia's largest optical astronomy site. A great family day out, with presentations by internationally-acclaimed astronomers, science displays, food stall, solar observing and activities for children.

It’s a free event, no bookings needed.

Don’t worry there are buses running all around site if you don’t want to walk!

Currently the ANU requires mask wearing indoors; Please wear a face mask before entering enclosed spaces, e.g. the telescope domes and the Lodge Conference room. Face masks are not required outside. Masks are availble at all entrances.

  • Hear talks by world famous astronomers in the Lodge Conference Room
  • Tour the AAT - come INSIDE! And up close
  • AAT Catwalk
  • Tour the 2.3m
  • Tour I-Telescope
  • Tour the newly opened Huntsman Telescope
  • Food stalls
  • David Allen walking trail will be officially opened by David Malin
  • Starr’s Planetarium


The Bok Lecture. 2022

Saturday 1st October at 14:30

The BOK Lecture will be held in the SSO Lodge Conference Room Our Guest Speaker this year is Susan Scott

LIVE talk

Susan Scott is from The Australian National Univesity and is a Gravitational Wave Detection expert.

Entry will be FREE

14:30 (AEST).


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Dark Sky Champion Award

Warrumbungle Dark Sky Park

In 2015, the Warrumbungle National Park was the first place in Australian to be designated as a Dark Sky Place. The designation not only celebrates the night sky and allows visitors from all over the world to see a star filled sky but is something that the community has come to embrace as a benefit to the people, place and planet.

In conjunction with StarFest, the Dark Sky Park Committee (Warrumbungle Council, 2357, Siding Spring Observatory and Australasian Dark Sky Alliance) have created the Dark Sky Ambassador Award, recognising those who have engaged with the Dark Sky Park and have shared the benefits with others.

An award for excellence in this pursuit will be announced at StarFest this year:

Dark Sky Ambassador Award – for groups or individuals

Groups or individuals, who wish to enter should be able to demonstrate they have directly contributed to the success of the dark sky park through an event, project or activity that:

  • 1. Engages/d the general public in an innovative activity, event or project.
  • 2. Raises/d awareness about light pollution, mitigation, research and/or technology and,
  • 3. Encourages/d audience behavioural changes.
  • 4. Reaches/d a wide audience through facebook posts, database mailouts, project, event participation etc.

For more information please see Warrumbungle Dark Sky Park


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