A new stargazing world record has been set – and Centennial Parklands was central to supporting this amazing effort!

On Friday 21 August 2015 the team from Mt. Stromlo Observatory led an Australian attempt at two Guinness World Records – Most People Stargazing at a Single Site (Mt. Stromlo) and Most People Stargazing Across Multiple Sites in a Country (the world record was achieved with more than 8,000 stargazers participating across 40 sites, beating the old record of 3,006 set in Mexico).

It is the latter of these two that Centennial Parklands – regarded as the darkest part of inner urban metropolitan Sydney – supported by hosting over 430 stargazers!

 

A great historic angle…

Every participant at the event sites across Australia received a certificate AND their very own Galileoscope – the telescopes they used were based on the original design of Galileo!

Here are some photos from the evening…

 

431 people attending the Centennial Park site (photo Ángel Rafael López-Sánchez/Macquarie University/AAO)

431 people attending the Centennial Park site (photo Ángel Rafael López-Sánchez/Macquarie University/AAO)

 

Well, 431 people attended - and many dolls. Oddly we weren't allowed to count dolls as part of the world record! (photo by Tom Hancock)

Well, 431 people attended – and many dolls. Oddly we weren’t allowed to count dolls as part of the world record! (photo by Tom Hancock)

 

Night time fell and the crowd prepared for the record attempt (photo Ángel Rafael López-Sánchez/Macquarie University/AAO)

Night time fell and the crowd prepared for the record attempt (photo Ángel Rafael López-Sánchez/Macquarie University/AAO)

 

Stargazers are go (photo by Tom Howard)

Stargazers are go (photo by Tom Howard)

 

This event was part of National Science Week, and celebrates the 2015 International Year of Light. Thanks to the Australian Astronomical Observatory for helping organise this event and providing the “entertainment” for the evening

 

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