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New Year Under the Stars

31/12/2019 (10:30pm - 12:30am)

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Milroy Observatory
Morrisseys Road, Coonabarabran NSW 2357
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Come and view the astonishing night sky through our telescopes with Donna the Astronomer and enjoy our "Night Sky Show".

The Night Sky Show presented by our resident astronomer, offers views and a tour of the pristine dark skies from the incredibly dark sky location at Milroy Observatory, Coonabarabran. Our shows are hands-on and you will have the opportunity to look at many objects through a telescope.

If you have binoculars - please feel free to bring them along and I can point out objects of interest as well.

Your tour commences with a guided walk through our Milky Way galaxy, stopping off at constellations including the visible signs of the Zodiac along the way, as your astronomer explains how the universe works and how stars are formed. Learn about the Southern Cross and how to find south, see the Magellanic Clouds - two galaxies orbiting our own and hear some stories of the Dreaming.

Donna the Astronomer will take you on a unique journey not only through space but through time itself as you witness the wonders of star birth, globular clusters of stars, even planets if they are visible and much more. You will see that the sky has seasons that beckon you to come back, again and again, to follow and learn more about our changing sky.

If you come when the Moon is visible we can also take a photo of it through your Smartphone on request.

Please note: Due to a lightning strike the historic 40inch telescope is not available for viewing or photography until further notice. We are working on the issue and will keep this updated.

Terms & Conditions

Overcast Nights

  • If it is overcast at the start time of the session, we can provide an "Ask the Astronomer" session and history of the observatory and if the sky clears in parts we will show you what objects we can through the telescope.
  • If you do not wish to partake in this please cancel up to 6 hours prior to get a full refund.
  • If the weather is obviously not suitable rain, severe winds or thick cloud cover we will contact you to either reschedule or refund as our shows are all conducted out of doors.

Cancellation Policy

  • Your entry fee is refunded if you cancel or change numbers with more than 48 hours notice provided.
  • If less than 48 hours notice is given, no refund is given.
  • To claim your refund please email, call, or text with your name, booking number, and method of payment.
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