World Record Star Gazing Event In Port Macquarie

Event Summary: Join Charles Sturt University, Port Macquarie for an evening of fun and excitement as we try to break a Guinness World Record! Mid North Coast Astronomy group will be participating.

Wednesday 23 May 2018

This free community event will include a live screening of Stargazing Live with Brian Cox. There will also be Food Stalls on the evening to enjoy whilst you stargaze!

Event Timings: 7.00pm: Event registration 8.00pm: Stargazing Live broadcast commences (World Record attempt will take place between 8.00pm and 9.00pm) 10.00pm: Event concludes. *Gold Coin donation will be required at entry*


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What is the World Record we are attempting to set? We are trying to set a new Guinness World Record for Most People Stargazing Across Multiple Venues. For this record, the participants will stargaze at the Moon through a telescope or binoculars for a 10-minute period simultaneously across multiple sites throughout Australia. The current World Record, set in 2015 by the Australian National University, stands at 7,960 people across 37 locations. We are aiming to set a record so large that it will be nearly impossible to break again.

Can I bring my own telescope or binoculars? Yes, you will need to bring your own to this event – please ensure you register for a ‘Single World Record Participant – BYO Telescope/Binoculars’ Ticket. Please note: any personal equipment brought to the event is at your own risk.Image result for mid north coast astronomy

Can we share a telescope or pair of binoculars? No, to participate in the World Record each person will need their own individual telescope/binoculars. Sharing these items will result in disqualifiation from the attempt.

What happens if it is cloudy / raining? The event will still take place if there is cloudy / rainy weather – we only require a 10 minute viewing window on the Moon for the record attempt, so we will make every effort to participate. Unfortunately if the weather does not clear for the 10 minute viewing window, the venue will be disqualified and the number of participants won’t count towards the World Record. Please note: in the case of a severe weather event, please check the @WorldRecordStargazing Facebook page and your email for event updates.

Is there an age limit to participate in the event? While there is no minimum / maximum age for participants, please bear in mind that World Record participants must be able to look through a telescope/binoculars for a 10 minute period while remaining in a specific area. Minors should be accompanied by a parent/guardian and be supervised at all times.

What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event? Parking at the front of venue and around the back.

What can I bring into the event? Please bring your own telescope/binoculars, if you have purchased a BYO Telescope/Binoculars ticket. You may like to bring a jacket/warmer clothes as it may be cold, and an umbrella/poncho in the event of wet weather. Please note: this is an alcohol and drug-free event.

What’s the refund policy? No refunds will be issued as the event is free.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event? Please bring your printed ticket or have the ticket available on your mobile device – this will speed up our registration process on the night.

Is my ticket transferrable? Yes, you can give your ticket to someone else if you can no longer attend.

How can I contact the organiser with any questions? Please contact us on abcengagement@abc.net.au if you have any questions.

The planned schedule

  • 5.30pm – Set up big screen and big telescope down at field area near half basketball court
  • 6.30pm: Future Movers to conduct campus tours
  • 6.30pm: BBQ and hot drinks ready and available (Rotary / Future Movers)
  • 7pm – Registrations at ISC, hand out telescopes and wristbands
  • 7.15pm – Uncle Bill to do Welcome to Country out near Fire Pit
  • 7.20pm – David Reneke to start presentation in ISC
  • 7.30 pm – Phil Hua coming to set up camera down at field
  • 7.50pm – David Reneke speech finishes / Move world record attempters to the field next to half basketball court
  • 8.10pm – Astronomers Association Observatory to say a quick thank you to participants (down at the field)
  • 8.35pm – World Record Attempt takes place – with timekeepers as well as videographers / photographers
  • 8.45pm – World Record Attempt completed
  • 8.50pm – Nigel / Tanya would you like to say a quick thank you to all participants down at the field?
  • 9.00pm – Switch lights on / everyone help to pack up
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