The world record attempt requires participants to stargaze at the Moon through a telescope or binoculars for a 10-minute period. The organisers are aiming to set a record so large that it will be nearly impossible to break again!
The Australian National University (ANU) has asked over 30,000 people across multiple sites to simultaneously observe an object in the night sky (the Moon) through a telescope for the same 10-minute period. The record set in 2015 and held by the ANU is 7,960 people across 37 locations.
Unfortunately, it is too late to be a part of the ‘official’ attempt which required registration and groups of over 25 people. However, you can still be a part of this endeavour and stargaze with the rest of Australia by dusting off those old telescopes or go and find a pair of binoculars and look up!
The world record attempt will take place between 6.00pm and 7.00pm Western Australian time. More information can be sourced via Facebook @WorldRecordStargazing.
If you, or someone you know, is interested in star gazing or astronomy sessions please register your expression of interest at the Dumbleyung CRC via email firstname.lastname@example.org, in person or by phone 9863 4829.