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E7B Courtyard

Macquarie Park, NSW 2113

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Tickets are available until 4pm the day of the event!

The Macquarie University Association for Astronomy (AfA) and the Department of Physics & Astronomy are proud to present the annual Macquarie University Astronomy Open Night. Please join us for an incredible evening of astronomy, astrophysics, photonics, astrophotonics and all things physics - including a large outdoor area full of telescopes, where you can directly view celestial objects for yourself! Weather permitting, there will be up to 30 telescopes aimed at the glittering night sky, operated by both Macquarie University astronomers and amateur astronomers alike. Meet and chat with real-life astronomers, observe stars, planets, nebulae, star clusters and much more, and discover the night sky like you never have before! There will also be science stalls, robotics displays, lasers, physics displays, kids activities and even more! Get your tickets now!

Observatory Tour

We are also offering an exclusive observatory tour after the open night! Only 50 tickets available! This tour will commence at the observatory at 11pm sharp. If we book out early, another tour may be announced.

Tickets and Discounts

Please bring your printed ticket or (preferably) digital ticket on your smartphone/tablet, to check in when you arrive. All ticket barcodes will be scanned upon arrival, so please ensure that all members of your group have access to their own ticket (especially for those buying multiple/group tickets who will be arriving separately). If you are purchasing a Family ticket, all 4 members of your family (2 adults + 2 children) must arrive together, as you will only be issued with one ticket.

Earlybird tickets are available online until midnight Sunday 14th May. LIMITED tickets will also be available on the door, at the following rates:

Adult - $20.00 on the door

Child - $12.00 on the door

Concession - $14.00 on the door

Family - $48.00 on the door (2 adults + 2 children)

Macquarie University Planetarium

Please be aware that the Planetarium is always in high demand, and we unfortunately cannot guarantee that everyone will be accomodated for. The Planetarium has a maximum capacity of 50 people at any one time, so although we aim to showcase our guided Planetarium shows to as many people as possible, we may not have room for everyone. However, if we can't fit you in on the night, there is no need to despair! We do hold public Planetarium sessions on-campus throughout the year, for a full one-hour astronomy show :) so please check our website and come along to one of our special hour-long sessions instead!


Free parking is available after 6pm in the South 2, East 2, West 3 Car Parks. You can find the locations of these carparks on the Macquarie Univeristy website.


What's the refund policy?

The astronomy open night will proceed rain, hail or shine (from the moon of course). Because of this, no tickets will be refunded for this event in case of weather.

If you cannot attend the night, 50% of your tickets will be refunded if you make a request before midnight on Friday.

All ticket sales are non-transferable.

No refunds will be issued after the event.

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