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Lights out: Dark Skies Down Under


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Join us at this FREE event to get a close-up look at the galaxy. It's a unique chance to explore our Southern Skies, looking for Jupiter, Saturn and the Moon through powerful optical telescopes with Wellington Astronomical Society guiding you through the journey.

Light pollution in the city washes out our view of the space, and only the brightest stars pierce the glow. Wainuiomata Recreational Area might be one of the most peaceful spots in the region, yet it has one of the busiest dark skies in the universe, making it a perfect location for stargazing.

Start the night off by checking out the moon. There will be a half moon in the sky, this is the best time to do a visual observing of the moon!  After 9pm it will be dark enough to observe the planets. 

Meet us at the carpark and the bus will take you to the ranger’s office for the welcoming hot drinks & biscuits.

This is a bookable event, please register on Eventfinda.

To ensure we can keep you inform on any updates on this event including cancelation due weather, we encourage that a mobile number is provided upon ticketing. We will also keep the Facebook event updated with any changes.

When: Wednesday, 21st October 2020, starting at 8:30pm (event finished 6 days ago)
Duration: 2 hours
Where: Wainuiomata Recreation Area, 10 Whitcher Grove, Wainuiomata
Bring: Please bring sturdy walking shoes/boots and waterproof jacket in case of wet weather. You can also bring you camera and tripod if you want to learn some basics of the dark sky shooting.
Getting there:

Get directions to the Wainuiomata Recreation Area on Google Maps.

A bus will continuously loop between the carpark and the ranger’s hut so show up anytime between 8.30 – 10.00pm to take advantage of this.  

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