Eyes to the skies for Guinness World Record
Wednesday, 29th April, 2015
Observatories across Australia are planning to break a World Record and Outback Astronomy is encouraging locals to join in.
Outback Astronomy said the aim was to try to break the Guinness World Record for Most People Stargazing Across Multiple Sites in a Country.
Owner Linda Nadge said she was told about the World Record attempt and thought it would be a great opportunity.
It is being organised by Mt Stromlo Observatory in Canberra.
The Stargazing event will be held simultaneously across Australia on August 21.
“Mount Stromlo is trying to break two world records and we are participating in the second one,” Ms Nadge said.
Outback Astronomy has created an event on Facebook and since its inception, on March 19, they have had 178 RSVPs.
“A lot of people have expressed interest; I couldn’t believe how quickly people agreed to attend.
“The last World Record was broken in Mexico with 2,753 people across 43 sites.
“We are looking to beat that.”
Ms Nadge said they have received support from the Regional Events Centre which has allowed the use of the racecourse.
“We are hoping to make it a great community event,” she said.
“People will need to pre-register and we will need a small donation for small commemorative telescopes that will be provided.”
Ms Nadge said they are also hoping to have a sausage sizzle.
“We are hoping to make history,” she said.
“It is a great thing to do and a great way to involve the whole community.
“We can unite a lot of people.
“Everything is still in the preliminary stages at the moment.”
More information on how to obtain your souvenir telescope and other news will be posted on “Outback Astronomy World Record Stargazing - Broken Hill, NSW” on Facebook.