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Galilean Nights in Gingin

26 Oct 2009, 04:09 UTC
Galilean Nights in Gingin
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Auriol, Peter, Alecia and Graham
We had a blast over the Galilean Nights in Gingin, Western Australia. At Gingin Observatory (www.ginginobservatory.com) we hosted a great event called ‘Local Food, Local Stars’ on Saturday, 24 October. After a delicious meal of local lamb, quail, homemade pasta and fresh local produce, we all headed up to the observatory to do some stargazing. Jupiter was a good highlight of course. Plus Alpha Centauri, 47 Tuc, Silver Coin Galaxy and more. It had been cloudy all day, but the power of Galilean Nights produced a spectacular evening of viewing through the largest telescope available for public access in Australia!
Last night (Sunday), we couldn’t help ourselves and opened up Gingin Observatory for a free public open night. In escess of 120 people travelled an hour or more up from Perth to Gingin to take part in a this fabulous night. Lotterywest generously supported our lead West Australain science centre, Scitech, to host this evening (www.astronomywa.net.au). A true taste of astronomy!
All round – a very delicious weekend of Galilean Nights!!

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