WA stargazers invited to be part of Guinness World Record attempt

Woman with telescope watching the stars.  Picture: iStock
Woman with telescope watching the stars. Picture: iStock

STARGAZERS across WA have been invited to help break a new Guinness World Record for the most people stargazing at multiple venues.

On May 23, free community ‘star parties’ will be held at schools, universities, libraries and astronomy organisations, where participants will stargaze at the moon for 10 minutes.

Each stargazer will need their own telescope or binoculars to participate in the event, as those who share will be disqualified from the world record attempt.

The current world record set in August 2015 by the Australian National University saw 7960 people gather across 37 locations.

Attendees are encouraged to wear warm clothes and bring an umbrella or poncho in the event of wet weather.

The event coincides with ABC TV’s Stargazing Live event from May 22-24.

Metro WA locations participating in this year’s event:

AGWA (Astronomical Group of Western Australia) Star Party
Bayswater Bumble Bee Guides Star Party
Butler College Star Party
The Gravity Discovery Centre & Observatory Star Party
Hope Farm’s Star Party
Perth Observatory Star Party
Southside Photography Star Party – Point Peron
University of Notre Dame – Fremantle Star Party
Warwick Senior High School Star Party

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