Eyes on a stargazing record


Here’s your chance to enter the record books — and all you have to do is look at the moon for 10 minutes.

The Mornington Peninsula Astronomical Society is taking part in an Australia-wide attempt to set a world record for the most number of stargazers across multiple venues. The current record of 7960 people across 37 locations was set by the Australian National University in 2015.

The attempt takes place at The Briars Astronomy Centre in Mount Martha (Melway ref: 151 E1) on Wednesday, May 23. All observers will be required to bring their own telescopes or binoculars (no sharing allowed), but you can buy a 30mm telescope with small tripod for just $8 through the booking portal at facebook.com/events/139925546846659/ — they will be handed out on the night and are yours to keep. Public admission to the event is $5 and includes tea and coffee and a live screening of Stargazing Live with Professor Brian Cox.

The attempt will still go ahead if it’s cloudy or rainy and starts at 7pm with registration and telescope collection, followed by Stargazing Live at 8pm and the record attempt between 8-9pm.

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