Tuesday, 21st July, 2015
By Emily Roberts
Broken Hill is one step closer to achieving a world record with more than 250 people putting their hands up for a stargazing event.
Observatories across Australia are planning to break the record for the most people stargazing across multiple sites in a country, and local business Outback Astronomy is co-ordinating it locally.
“We have over 250 people on Facebook wanting to go,” said business owner Linda Nadge said.
“And we have found out binoculars can be used.
“I’m sure most households have a pair of binoculars.”
It is being organised by Mt Stromlo Observatory in Canberra, and 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.
“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.
“People will need to pre-register and they need to purchase a small $10 commemorative telescope.”
An eye-piece is needed for viewing to be counted in the world record attempt.
“The telescopes are selling very well, I would encourage people to get in early to purchase them.
“We won’t be able to get any at the last minute.
“The telescopes will be available for pickup at the RDA Far West office (in Blende Street) the week leading up to the world record attempt.
“They can be purchased on our website and then you can take your receipt to RDA.”
Ms Nadge said Lions Club of Broken Hill will be putting on a sausage sizzle and Mayor Wincen Cuy will be the official counter.
“It is a not for profit event, that is fun for the whole family.
“We do stress that everyone needs an eyepiece and they have been heavily subsidised by Outback Astronomy and Mt Stromlo.
“It’s going to be a terrific evening and it will put Broken Hill on the map.”
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.