Butler College hopeful of big turn out at stargazing record attempt


Teacher Howard Stonelake with John Vizer and Hannah Woods. Picture: Martin Kennealey d482844
Teacher Howard Stonelake with John Vizer and Hannah Woods. Picture: Martin Kennealey d482844

BUTLER College hopes thousands of people armed with telescopes and binoculars will join in a Guinness World Record stargazing attempt next Wednesday.

The school is taking part in the national attempt led by broadcaster ABC and the Australian National University for “the most people stargazing across multiple venues” on May 23.

Participants at multiple sites across Australia will need to view the moon for 10 minutes during a live broadcast of Stargazing Live with Professor Brian Cox.

The free event is open to the community, with registrations required on the Eventbrite website, and each person taking part must have binoculars or a telescope, with shared items disqualified.

People can bring their own or buy a broadcaster-branded telescope for $7.15.

The current world record, set in 2015 by the Australian National University, is 7960 people across 37 locations.

What: Butler College Star Party
When: 5pm to 8pm on May 23
Where: 15 McCormack Boulevard, Butler
Register: https://bit.ly/2KqV6aN

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