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Fact Sheet Astronomy Presentations

What will the students see?

In the evening sessions, a minimum of five celestial objects will be presented. Depending on what is available in the sky at the time, they may see the rings of Saturn, the Great Red Spot of Jupiter, the red deserts of Mars with its icecaps, the jewel like Venus with its phases. They may see coloured stars, giant star clusters and distant galaxies.

During daytime sessions, students will see the Sun through our filtered solar telescopes. They will see solar flares, sunspots, and the boiling of the Hydrogen on the Sun's surface.

What needs to be arranged at my school site?

If your students come to our site, no preparation is required. We organise everything from arrival to departure.

If you would like the StarsTruck to visit your site, you need to

  • organise access for a light truck to an open area with a view of the sky at your school
  • ensure all lights are turned off in the vicinity
  • ensure the irrigation is turned off at the school
  • ensure that your security systems are not compromised
  • organise seating for the students (light plastic chairs are good)

What if is cloudy or rains

If the weather does not cooperate, you will receive a full refund of all fees.

How many students can attend in one session?

We can accommodate up to 50 students in each session.

Who are the presenters?

The presenters either have science qualifications, or are enthusiastic and experienced amateur astronomers. All are well trained, and have blue cards.

What is the Townsville Observatory Site?

The Townsville Observatory site is a dark site at Kelso, particularly set up astronomy viewing. Initially the presentation at the Townsville Observatory site will be using our mobile StarsTruck, pending the installation of permanent facilities. There will be a minimum of 4 large telescopes on hand for students to use.

The site has parking, including bus parking, toilets, and safe pedestrian access to the viewing site.

What about risk management?

The Townsville Astronomy Group has its own risk management plan and public liability insurance. One of the presenters has a Senior First Aid Certificate. Schools may need to follow their own risk management protocols, and Astronomy presentations would normally be considered low risk.

What is the cost?

$10 per student, with a minimum of $300 per session, school staff free.

(Note: If you feel the level of these charges would exclude your particular school community, please contact us to discuss alternative arrangements).

Can other Family members attend?

Certainly. If other family members of students would like to look through the telescopes, then they would need to fit within the maximum numbers of 50, and pay a fee, to ensure that all students get a good look at all the objects on show.

When can I book

We are opening bookings now for 2014 for 1 May onward.

All dates are currently available- even weekends. Evening presentations commence at Sunset.

First in, best dressed.

How do I book?

Fill out the booking application attached, and email to our Operations Manager at .