ASAW World Record Attempt 21/08/2015.

On the 21st of August, 2015, the Astronomical Society of Albury Wodonga held a viewing night at Trinity Thurgoona to help contribute to a World Record Attempt for the most number of people looking through a telescope at the same time accross multiple sites. Unfortunately for the 78 stargazers that showed up to the ASAW gathering the weather was not kind, with the event being rained out. A huge thank you to all those who attended and helped out for the attempt.

Image Credit: Carl Rainer

UPDATE:  REGISTRATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED

The Telescopes have arrived for those who have ordered and to be picked up and paid for on the night, from 6.30pm.  

Every person will need their own Telescope or binoculars to participate in the record, but you MUST register!

Do you want to be part of a WORLD RECORD?

ASAW are participating in an attempt at "having the most people looking through telescopes at the same time".  We need as many people as possible to participate and everyone is welcome.

Be sure to rug up nice and warm when out and about under the stars as winter is upon us. The longest night of the year is on the 22nd of this month. The central bulge region of the Milky Way centred around Scorpio and Sagittarius is at opposition this month, meaning it will be visible all night long. Perfect for taking photos or visually checking out the many delights of this stellar packed region.

The nights continue to get longer and the temperature continues to drop so be sure to rug up well when out under the stars. The summer Milky Way constellations around Orion are low in the west at the start of the night and will soon be too close to the Sun for observation until later in the year. As Orion sets look to the west and you will see the Scorpion rising meaning that the central bulge of the Milky Way is close to coming into opposition making the next few months an ideal time to photograph or observe this rich region of the night sky all night long.

There will be a total lunar eclipse on Saturday, 4 April 2015.

A lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes through the Earth's shadow.  Unlike a solar eclipse, a lunar eclipse is visible from all parts of Earth where it is night time.  During a total eclipse, the Moon turns a dark redish colour as the only light reaching the surface of the Moon is red light refracted ('bent') by Earth's atmosphere.  This is sometimes referred to as a "Blood Moon".

This particular total eclipse will be relatively short, with the Moon fully eclipses for just 5 minutes.

Would you like to win a telescope?  ASAW is conducting a writing competition for primary and secondary school students.

Entry deadline extended until 24 July 2015 and winners will be announced during National Science Week, 15-23 August 2015.

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