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Expired Event - Public Astronomy Night - 22 Jul 2017

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Public Astronomy Night

When:
Sat 22 Jul 2017
Time:
7pm to 9pm
Cost:
$18 Adult, $12 Child/Concession, $50 Family
Details:
Cassini's Last Hurrah - the Grand Finale at Saturn with Professor Fred Watson.

If there was ever a space project that totally exceeded the expectations of the scientific world, it has been the Cassini mission to Saturn. Launched in 1997, Cassini reached its target after a seven-year journey, and immediately began re-writing the textbooks. Now, 13 years later, we have a remarkable catalogue of amazing discoveries. Storms and a hexagonal jet-stream in the planet's atmosphere, ripples and spokes in its rings, global oceans and oily seas on its moons – and they are just the start. But the best may be yet to come. With the spacecraft's fuel running out, mission controllers have thrown caution to the winds in an audacious series of orbits that thread Cassini between the rings and the planet before a final plunge into Saturn's atmosphere on 15 September. Celebrate this triumphant mission with Fred Watson, as he presents an entertaining update on all things Cassini.

Includes presentation, short 3D movie, tour of the dome area and viewing of the night sky through a range of telescopes (weather permitting).

Bookings Essential.
Location:
Penrith Observatory, Building AO, Western Sydney University, Werrington North Campus, Great Western Highway, Werrington
Contact:
Raelene Sommer on
 

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