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Rouse Hill House and Farm

Stargazing at Rouse Hill House and Farm

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Expand your universe at Rouse Hill House and Farm for an evening of stargazing, and a fascinating presentation by Astrophysicist and Indigenous Astronomer, Kirsten Banks.

Tens of thousands of years ago Aboriginal People observed the night sky. As the Sun goes down Leanne Watson, will welcome us to Darug country and  Kirsten Banks, who is an award-winning astrophysicist and Wiradjuri woman, will reveal the wonders of the night sky through Aboriginal and scientific perspectives. During this family-friendly event, your children and loved ones will have a unique opportunity to hear old and new stories about the cosmos and view planets and stars through telescopes with astronomers. Go back in time as you explore the historic school house and home in candlelight, then using modern technology see the planets as stars up close with your own eyes.

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

Discover the history of Rouse Hill House & Farm in candlelight and have a lesson about the Moon in the school house; rug up; bring a picnic blanket and listen to astronomically-themed tunes which suit young and old played by the ‘Highly Irregular Orbits’ live 3 piece band. Sit back to enjoy a range of vegetarian refreshments available to purchase as you gaze at the wide skies and their marvels.