Star-gazing at Kinchega
Tuesday, 14th April, 2009
The International Year of Astronomy is making its presence felt at Kinchega National Park. It was 400 years ago that Italian scientist, Galileo Galilei turned a telescope toward the skies and 40 years since man landed on the moon, and to celebrate these landmark events in human history, the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has declared 2009 the International Year of Astronomy.
"With more than 90 countries taking part, the International Year of Astronmy (IYA) promises to be a global celebration of astronomy and its contributions to society and culture-aid," said Head of NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS), Sally Barnes. "National parks offer the perfect setting for star-gazing into great expanses of dark night skies and here in NSW, our NPWS Discovery Program is planning a host of great IYA events for 2009, including a series of Starry, Starry Night Discovery tours," said Ms Barnes.
"Participants will hear fascinating natural and cultural stories from expert guides and authentic storytellers. "With more, and more of the world's population living in cities, fewer people are able to view stars, planets and night skies in all their glory." NPWS Discovery tours will invite people to enjoy truly dark skies and the wonders of the universe from inside the pristine settings of national parks. On Friday participants at Kinchega National Park will be able to turn their eyes to the skies through a telescope with local astronomer, Trevor Barry and hear Aboriginal stories about the Seven Sisters and the Milky Way.
Budding astronomers should take a cup, chair and torch for the 6.30pm to 9.30pm event. Bookings essential: Phone 8080 3200.