Stargazing: Rouse Hill House & Farm

Expand your universe at Rouse Hill House & Farm in an evening of stargazing, with a fascinating presentation by Indigenous astrophysicist Kirsten Banks.

Tens of thousands of years ago the Darug people observed the night sky from Rouse Hill. As the sun goes down, there will be a Darug welcome to country, and Kirsten Banks, an astrophysicist and a Wiradjuri woman, will reveal the wonders of the night sky through Aboriginal and scientific perspectives. In this family-friendly event, you will have a unique opportunity to hear old and new stories about the cosmos and view planets and stars with astronomers. Go back in time to explore Rouse Hill House by candlelight and experience an 1888 schoolhouse lesson about the Moon, then use modern technology to see the planets and stars up close.

Astronomers from Sydney Observatory and experts from astronomy society Sydney City Skywatchers will share their knowledge and facilitate your use of telescopes and other equipment.

Observe (weather permitting) four naked-eye planets – Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn – along with visible constellations, including Sagittarius (the Archer) and Scorpius (the Scorpion).

Bring a picnic blanket, listen to astronomically themed tunes by the Highly Irregular Orbits live three-piece band, and sit back to gaze at the marvels of the skies.  

  • Gates open at 5.30pm. 
  • The astronomy talk by Kirsten Banks will start promptly at 6pm.
  • Telescope viewings will be from 6.45pm and will be free flow. 
  • The Highly Irregular Orbits will play from 7pm to 8.30pm, capturing your imagination with a range of popular astronomy-inspired music to appeal to young and old.
  • Available for purchase are tasty bites from Broomfields Pies, and tea and coffee from Darcy St Project.

Bring your own binoculars, camera (without flash) and tripod for use in the grounds, but bags and tripods are not permitted inside the heritage house. Remember to wear warm clothing and shoes suitable for walking around a farm property.

Stargazing will proceed in the event of cloud. Ticket holders will be advised on the day, by the email provided at the time of ticket purchase, in the unlikely event of cancellation due to unsafe conditions. Check our website and social media for updates. Please refer to our ticketing policy for full details.

We pay respect to the First People of this land that Rouse Hill House & Farm sits on, the Darug people, and acknowledge their ongoing connections and custodianship.

Stargazing program

Download the Stargazing program [PDF]

This is a Sydney Science Festival event, part of National Science Week. 

Adult $18
Concession $15
Child $12
Family $44

Members $12
Members Child $10
Members Family $34

Children must be accompanied by a paying adult.

Ticket price includes general house admission.

Food available to purchase.

When & Where

Saturday 18 August 2018 6PM–8.30PM

Rouse Hill Estate

356 Annangrove Road, Rouse Hill, NSW 2155
+612 9627 6777

Free visitor parking via the main entrance at 356 Annangrove Road, Rouse Hill. 

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