Science in the Pub 2023. Back LIVE at the Coona Golf Club

Friday 29th September at 6:30pm

2357 Development Group INC will bring you the 2023 Science in the Club event.

Join our MC Matt Dodds and a line up of stellar guest panelists for a fun filled evening discussing the mysteries of the Universe

Our panelists this year include;
  Sara Webb
  Andrew Battisti
  Sarah Caddy
  Brad Tucker

Dinner and show tickets are on sale NOW. Dinner starts at 5pm at the Club. There is a choice of meals with information is on the ticket page. Tickets for meals on site MUST be bought when purchasing tickets. The show will start from 6:30pm.

Science in the Pub tickets


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Open Day 2023 Siding Spring Observatory in Coonabarabran.

30th September 2023 from 9:30am to 16:00pm

All the inofrmation about Open Day 2023 can be found below, so start booking your accommdation in town. There will be lots to do over the weekend around Coonabarabran

For just one day of the year, Siding Spring Observatory in Coonabarabran opens its telescopes to the public. It's your chance to take a closer look at Australia's largest optical astronomy site. A great family day out, with presentations by internationally-acclaimed astronomers, science displays, food stalls, solar observing and activities for children.

It’s a free event, no bookings needed.

Don’t worry there are buses running all around site if you don’t want to walk!

What To Bring

  • SSO weather can be very different to whats in town, so please bring a jacket, it can get very cold up on the mountain at times
  • Some money for food and drinks
  • Hat and Sunscreen
  • Water bottle
  • Camera
  • Comfortable shoes so you can walk around all the telescopes

Whats on Offer

  • Download our 2023 Program NOW
  • Tour the telescopes with ANU Staff Get the Map and the Information
  • Hear talks by world famous astronomers in the Lodge Conference Room Download the Lodge Talks Program
  • Talks aimed at Kids in the ExploratoryDownload the Kids Talks Program
  • Tour the AAT - come INSIDE! And up close
  • AAT Catwalk
  • Tour the 2.3m
  • Tour I-Telescope
  • Tour KMTNet
  • Tour Huntsman Telescope
  • Food stalls; Pilliga Pottery, Rotary BBQ, Coonabarabran Bakery, Lil Coffee Cart, Coffee and Cake at the Lodge Cafe
  • David Allen walking trail
  • Starr’s Planetarium
  • Tamworth Astronomy Club solar viewing
  • Bintel: The Binocular & Telescope Shop
  • Warrumbungle National Park Discovery Rangers
  • Rural Fire Service displays and Information
  • Donna the Astronomer - Solar viewing


The Bok Lecture 2023

Saturday 30th September at 14:30

The BOK Lecture will be held in the SSO Lodge Conference Room Our Guest Speaker this year is Katie Auchettl. Katie is from the University of Melbourne.

A stellar crime scene: piecing together the life and death of stars

Stars are the powerhouses for forging elements. During their lives they can forge elements all the way up to Iron. However, like us, stars also don't live forever and when they reach the end of their lives, they don't go quietly, but rather explode like a firework in something called a supernova explosion which enriches the universe with these and even heavier elements. However, one of the most uncertain aspects related to our understanding of the end points of a star's life is the link between the properties of the star during its life and the type of supernova explosion that it will undergo. In this talk, I will highlight how we piece together the leftover pieces of these stars using telescopes both on Earth and in space in an attempt to further our understanding of the life and death of stars.

Entry will be FREE

The talk above starts at 14:30, please be there early to get a seat.


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The AAT is turning 50!!

2024 Starfest

In 1974, on the 16th October a then Prince Charles, now King Charles, officially opened the now Anglo Australian Telescope.

In 2024 we are going to celebrate this great milstone and the AAT.


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