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Lights out: Observe the Wonders of the Dark Sky


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This event has been cancelled

Two sitting people and a telescope are silhoutted against the night sky

Kia ora everyone, unfortunately for those of you who had been looking forward to Lights out: Observe the Wonders of the Dark Sky we’ve decided to cancel this event for the time being.

Safety is paramount at our events – and because social distancing would be difficult to manage at this one in particular, we’ve decided to play it safe for now. Sorry to all of those who were planning to attend.

We hope to reschedule again in the near future – keep an eye on our social media for details!

Have you ever seen the Milky Way with your naked eye? Join us at this FREE family-friendly event to get a close-up look at the galaxy, set to the background music of ruru calls and rustling trees.

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 quietest spots on Earth, yet it has one of the busiest dark skies in the universe.

So grab the 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. TuMeke Face Painting & KD’s Makeup Service will be joining us with their glow in the dark facepaint from 6.15- 7.45pm.

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 FREE family-friendly event, so don’t hesitate to take your little ones. No booking required.

When: Saturday, 22nd August 2020, starting at 6:00pm (event finished 10 months ago)
Duration: 2 hours
Where: Wainuiomata Water Collection Area, 10 Whitcher Grove, Wainuiomata, Lower Hutt
Postponement date: Saturday, 29th August 2020, starting at 6:00pm
Bring: Torches/headlamps (red lenses preferred), sturdy walking shoes/boots, waterproof jacket in case of wet weather.
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