Stargazing Live World Record Attempt

Join Professor Brian Cox and Julia Zemiro in our world record attempt.

On Wednesday 23 May, the ABC in partnership with The Australian National University will lead a Guinness World Record attempt for the Most people stargazing – multiple venues.

Its A National Event

The nationwide attempt is to break the Guinness world record for the most people simultaneously observing an object in the night sky through a telescope. The ABC, in partnership with the Australian National University (ANU), is calling on all Australians to help. This live national event will take place during Stargazing Live on Wednesday 23 May.

To smash the record for Most people stargazing multiple venues, the ABC and ANU hope to have over 30,000 people across multiple sites simultaneously observing an object in  the night sky through a telescope for the same 10-minute period.

Out To Set Records

The current Guinness World Records title, set in 2015 by the ANU, is 7,960 people across 37 locations. We are aiming to set a new record so large that it will be difficult to break again, but we need your help to achieve this!

To be involved in this momentous event, the ABC and the ANU are inviting schools, astronomy societies, community groups, and all budding galactic explorers across Australia to either host their own star party or attend one of the parties organised by the ABC in Brisbane or Melbourne, or those organised by community groups around the country in both metro and regional locations.

Mid North Coast Astronomy Taking Part

The ABC Stargazing World Record Attempt challenge has been taken up by  Charles Sturt University who are looking to host a Star Party at the CSU on May 23 to involve the uni students and the greater PMQ community.

Renowned Astronomer Dustin Bradford

Our group has been invited to take a major part in this endeavour. In conjunction with Tanya Brown – Program Coordinator, Future Moves at the CSU – Mid North Coast Astronomy members will be set up with hi-power telescopes and I will be conducting laser guided shy tours prior to the record attempt.

I have also been asked to conduct a lecture for all members of the public titled ‘The Universe’ as an introduction to what the night signifies.

Highlight of our participation and a major boost to astronomy education will be renowned NSW astronomer Dustin (Dusty) Bradford with his amazing (read HUGE) Dobsonian telescope and his computerised 12′ Meade.

Dusty will be showing the planets, nebula and our target objects to all who are interested PLUS giving on-field instruction on how to photograph the night sky with just your smartphone.. so bring yours along OK?

We will of course have numerous other telescopes on the field for folks to look through PLUS our large tripod mounted Astro Binoculars ..the best way to view the heavens in fabulous stereo!


The World Record Attempt

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This Guinness World Records attempt is just one of the many highlights during Stargazing Live. Hosted by renowned physicist, Professor Brian Cox and Julia Zemiro, Stargazing Live will immerse our audience in a celebration of our atmosphere, with a specific focus on features able to be observed from our own Australian night sky.

Broadcast over three nights from the ANU’s Siding Spring Observatory (SSO) in New South Wales, the series will airlive around the country on the ABC and ABC iview at 8.00pm AEST, 7.30pm ACST, and 6pm AWST on 22, 23 and 24 May 2018. Stargazing Live will also be streamed live on the ABC TV YouTube channel and Facebook page.

To register interest in hosting or attending a star party, visit www.abc.net.au/stargazing or email starparty@abc.net.au

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How do I join the world record attempt?

We are putting the call out to schools, astronomy societies, community groups, and all budding galactic explorers across Australia to join our World Record attempt for the Most people stargazing – multiple venues.

We invite you to host your very own Stargazing Live Star Party on Wednesday 23 May, or attend one of the many free community Star Parties being held throughout Australia – and participate in this new World Record attempt!

Register your interest in hosting a Star Party.

For more information on hosting or attending a community event, go to abc.net.au/stargazing or email starparty@abc.net.au

You will also find information about our student competitions: Be a Science TV Reporter and Design a Robot competition.

Let’s do this Australia!

Stargazing Live will be on ABC and ABC iview on three consecutive nights on 22,23 and 24 May at 8.00pm AEST, 7.30pm ACST and 6pm AWST.


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