Stargazing: Rouse Hill House & Farm
Tens of thousands of years ago the Darug people observed the night sky from Rouse Hill. As the sun goes down, Leanne Watson from Muru Mittigar will welcome us to Darug 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 during this National Science Week and Sydney Science Festival Event. Astronomers and experts from astronomy societies 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. Delicious vegetarian food, hot soup and tea and coffee will be available to purchase.
- Gates open at 5.30pm. Car parking is free.
- The astronomy talk will start promptly at 6pm.
- Telescope viewing 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.
Bring your own binoculars, camera (no flash please) and tripod for use in the grounds, but bags and tripods are not permitted inside the heritage house.
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.
Book online or call SLM Bookings on 02 8239 2211
Members Child $10
Members Family $34
Children must be accompanied by a paying adult.
Ticket price includes general house admission.
Food available to purchase.