Back Mt Stromlo in Guinness World Record stargazing attempt

Ever wanted to be involved in a world record attempt for something, anything, just to knock it off your “must do” list?

Here’s your chance!

Plus, it will be a low energy effort, non-exhausting, inexpensive yet mind-blowing. You get to hang out with the stars (literally) and your friends on a Friday night under the awesome outback NSW Broken Hill sky.

Join with Outback Astronomy in a stargazing world record attempt on 21 August, 2015.

Outback Astronomy is enthusiastically supporting the Mt Stromlo Observatory (along with Questacon and ACT Science Week) in their efforts to set two world records.

A. Most people stargazing at multiple sites in a country (held by Mexico with 2,753 people at 40 sites) – this is where Outback Astronomy and the Broken Hill stargazers will fit in; and,

B. Most people stargazing at a single site – no record yet exists so the Mt Stromlo team are keen to get that record and we wish them all the luck in the universe!

We hope to have a terrific night of stargazing and enjoy a sausage sizzle with friends at the same time, and raise money for a local charity. It will be a great time to dust off your binoculars and telescopes and come to the Broken Hill Race Course and enjoy the magnificent outback Broken Hill sky.

What an exciting opportunity to also spend quality time engaging with your children. Come on, it's the end of a long work week ... Outback Astronomy will make it a fun night!

Outback Astronomy urges the people of Far West NSW and travellers to the region to register for this event in advance of the record attempt so we can order sufficient telescopes for the event. These will be available in advance for a very small price ($2). You get to make these with the kids or your friends in advance of the event!

Excellent for observing the moon, planets, and bright stars (never use them for looking at the Sun).

To indicate your interest, please email Outback Astronomy at or phone me from 11am to 5pm (CST in Australia) on +61 427 055 225 or 0427 055 225. If you are an international traveller coming to Australia in this time or a domestic visitor out and about at this time, contact Outback Astronomy and we can put you in contact with the professional team at our Visitor Information Centre who are expert in assisting with arrangements for all visitors to Broken Hill. Check out the event page from time to time for updates (you need to be a Facebook junkie):

Or, you can also support this project here by making contact with Outback Astronomy at - we'd love to have you register for this event.

Photo Credit Outback Astronomy. Note the warm clothing needed to be outdoors in Broken Hill at this time of year.