22nd – 30th April
- Friday 22nd April 5.00- 8.00 pm Fauna and Firmament at Woowookarung – April 22nd is also EARTH DAY -discover the wildlife with Andrew at the very critical time of dusk as the changeover from diurnal to nocturnal species occurs. Dusk is a busy time of the day/night cycle for all life.
Afterwards, when the dark has settled and the night noises take over, settle down to listen to stories about the night sky and view through a telescope the amazing universe overhead.
Dinner : A F&F Picnic Parcel can be ordered or you can bring along a picnic basket with all your goodies to settle in to experience the beauty of the night sky, red torches only allowed, to protect our night vision. If it is raining, we will retreat to the Shelter at the entrance of the Dementia Trail, bring a large umbrella in case and a chair anyway. Dress for rugged outdoors. Back up thermos if cold.
F &F at Woowokarung Book here on Trybooking Limited places
- Sunday 24th April 5.15pm -6.45pm IDSW at Lake Wendouree A visit to Lake Wendouree to discover the Nocturnal wildlife, perhaps we may see a Rakali, our otter like native rat with a white tip on it’s tail, and observe the night sky, the Student Activity can be done during this visit as well. Cost $5. Meet at Rotunda near Pipers by the Lake.
The best entry receives a pair of 9×60 Binoculars for day and night observation plus every entry receives a 20% discount for our Science Shop and or to visit the Observatory. Can be completed during a visit to the Observatory as well or at any activity or at home and send in. Entries close 5st May 2022 5pm.
- Saturday 23rd 6pm, Tuesday 26th 5.30pm, Thursday 26th 5.30pm and Saturday 30th 5.30pm At the Observatory Book online on Trybooking
Includes viewing at the telescopes, tour and movies.
- Sunday 1st May 5.00am Conjunction of Venus and Jupiter at Lake Wendouree on the foreshore near Pipers on the Lake BYO thermos and chair, telescope onsite Cost $5.
- We acknowledge the importance of preserving our heritage, the rich biodiversity of the environment and the starry night sky.
- The aesthetic beauty and wonder of a natural night sky is a heritage shared by all humankind.
- The experience of standing beneath a starry night sky inspires wonder and awe and encourages a growing interest in science and nature, especially among young people in Victoria.
- The opportunity to view star-filled skies over our country creates educational and personal benefits of far reaching economic value to all and impossible to accurately quantify.
- Globally, artificial light at night (ALAN) has increased by at least 49 % over the past generation, according to researchers at the Universities of Madrid and Exeter.
- Excessive ALAN, defined as light produced by humans for any purpose, contributes to light pollution of the night-time environment.
- Light pollution, defined as the inappropriate or excessive use of artificial light, can have serious environmental consequences for humans, wildlife, and our climate. It lights up the night sky denying Indigenous Australians a dark night sky that is a crucial part of their heritage, representing their stories, their culture and their calendar. For them ALAN has particularly negative impacts.
- Light pollution represents a waste of natural resources. In Australia, it is estimated that 30 % of all exterior lighting is energy wasted by directing light upwards instead of down, where it is intended to go.
- Light pollution diminishes the day/night cycle for all life. It diminishes animal habitats, puts nocturnal animals at risk and affects vegetation. For humans it has been linked to increased risks of some common cancers, obesity and many other ailments.
- Science has established that light pollution has significant economic and environmental consequences, impacting on the health of humans and the natural environment wherever it is present.
- Light pollution impact birds that migrate to and through Victoria, it also impacts on the endangered Mountain Pygmy Possum and its main food source, the Bogong Moth, so contributing to the decline in the biodiversity in Victoria.
- Solving the problem of light pollution requires educating governments, communities, and citizens on environmentally-friendly outdoor lighting practices. This includes responsible decision-making in selecting the appropriate colours of light sources, using only the minimum amount of light for the purpose and that it is directed only where it is needed.
- The International Dark-Sky Association has designated the week of 22nd – 30th April 2022 as International Dark Sky Week 2022 and the Observatory hosts an annual event. We continue to draw awareness to the far-reaching impacts of light pollution on all communities and promote solutions to minimise it.
- Protecting the night sky helps the all of us to improve our community and maintain its unique sense of place, neighbourhood liveability, safety, and quality of life.