Kids Astronomy Brisbane
If your Brisbane Kid is in to the moon, stars, planets and the universe in general, you should consider getting in contact with the Brisbane Astronomical Society. The Society consists of a group of very enthusiastic amateur astronomers who love to share their knowledge and welcome new members with wide arms. Members of the Society are always willing to impart practical advice for novice and experienced observers making it the perfect starting point for kids who are interested in Astronomy.
Free Public Viewing Nights for Brisbane Kids
One of the truly awesome regular events that the Brisbane Astronomical Society hosts is their public viewing nights for keen Brisbane astronomers. Whether you are a member or not, everyone is welcome to attend these evening sessions, held once per month on a Saturday night. As long as the moon is clearly visible, public viewing nights offer the opportunity to explore the night sky through a telescope, learn more about using a telescope and gain further knowledge of astronomical features you may have seen at the Planetarium or your Brisbane Kids may have learnt about at school. From Mt Coot-tha lookout, you can marvel at the impressive views of the moon’s mountain ranges and craters and observe the stars and planets. The lookout also provides a spectacular vantage point for checking out the Brisbane city lights. Brisbane Kids have listed these viewing nights on our calendar, so be sure to check it out each month for more details and because they are always subject to the weather we advise you check their website or Facebook page before heading out.
We recently sent Rachael, mum to three Brisbane Kids, to check out one of the Brisbane Astronomical Society’s viewing nights. This is what she had to say –
What a Brisbane Kid thought of the Astronomy Viewing Night in Brisbane
Look at the stars… Look how they shine for you….
While most were snuggled up at home and avoiding the chill, we braved the cold and headed to the Mt Cootha Look Out! The Brisbane Astronomical Society were hosting their monthly Public Viewing Night and they drew quite crowd.
Their enthusiasm for what they do is contagious and with four telescopes of varying shapes and sizes, we were able to get a really good look into the night sky.
The children loved being able to look straight up at the moon and marvelled at the craters and how close it seemed. Miss 7 announced what a ‘Holy’ moon it was which brought a smile to the astrologer’s eye.
Saturn was covered from two angles on two different telescopes and it was truly awesome to see this little planet so clearly.
The fourth telescope was focused on the stars and a ‘butterfly’ constellation. You really had to use your imagination for this one!
Considering that we had no intention of going out in the winter cold tonight, we were so glad that we went. The Society were so well organised and really catered to the little ones with step ladders or foot stools on each telescope so that they could see. They happily answered questions and the children were quite engaged with what they had to say.
The event is very weather dependant but I would recommend it for a great time out. There’s the cafe and restaurant at the look out as well if you want to make a night of it and dine out. Through chattering we headed to the car and pumped up the heating for the trip home!
To find out more about the Brisbane Astronomical Society, including membership information and details of upcoming events, visit their website at www.bas.asn.au or check out the Brisbane Kids calendar.
Society Membership for the committed Brisbane Astronomer
For a small fee (currently only $36, as at August 2019), your whole family can enjoy a 12 month membership to the Brisbane Astronomical Society. Family membership entitles your family to access a wide selection of library material, telescope and equipment hire, invitations to exclusive Society events and field nights and regular newsletter updates. Events include monthly Star BBQs and Astrocamps held away from the city lights. You will also be able to attend monthly Brisbane Astronomical Society meetings. Individual membership packages are another option, priced at $18 for students and pensioners, and $30 for adults per calendar year.
If your Brisbane Kid is interested in Space
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- The Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium offers a free display of many space related artefacts such as an actual space suit and model rockets. There are also ticketed space shows that take kids on a journey through space with several different ones often running depending on their age group and interests. These get very popular during the school holidays so make sure you phone to book.
- We recently reviewed apps all about stargazing from home which might be of interest to help you with some amateur stargazing at home.