Child (Ages 5 to 17): $25.00
Duration: 1½ to 2 hours
Experience our amazing night sky through our wide range of telescopes. Our volunteers will take you on a grand tour of the most stunning objects in the Southern Hemisphere including nebulas, dying stars, enormous star clusters, and the Moon and the planets when they are in the sky.
You will also be able to browse our museum and see historical instruments, our meteorite exhibit, astrophotographs & artwork, and admire the beauty of the Atlas Coelestis, the first Star Atlas ever printed in 1729 from the work of John Flamsteed, the First Astronomer Royal at the Greenwich Observatory in Great Britain.
Night Sky Tour Types
The 2021-22 Schedule
Dark Sky Nights
Dark sky nights are when there’s no Moon. The fainter objects such as globular clusters and nebulae show up well against the darker background of a moonless sky.
|Dates Of Dark Sky Nights|
Moonlit nights are when the Moon is one of the observing targets. The best detail on the lunar surface is seen around the half-moon phase. Star clusters and bright nebulae will also be visible.
|Dates Of Moonlit Nights|
Full Moon Nights
Full moon nights are when a Full Moon occurs on a weekend.
See our Focusing On Our Moon event page for details and to book
Special Night Tours
These are night tours where we decorated the Observatory and you can come dressed up to the nine or in costume and have a chance to win a best-dressed prize as we celebrate a special date.
To book your Night Sky Tour right now, you need to enter the number of people coming in and then click the date in the booking calendar. A green background denotes a night tour on that night with spots still available, a red background is a night tour that is fully booked and yellow is today’s date.
Once you’ve done that, click on the Book Now button and that will take you to the checkout section where you can pay for your tour.
You’ll get a confirmation email and on the night the host will ask you for the name the booking was under and then mark you off on the booking sheet.