World Record Stargazing 2015

World Record Stargazing 2015 in Centennial Park

On Friday 21st August 2015, during the Australian National Science Week, the AAO and Centennial Parklands organized a public stargazing event in Centennial Park in Sydney. This event was part of an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the "Most People Stargazing across Multiples sites in a Country," organized by Mt Stromlo Observatory, RSAA/ANU, Canberra.

Our Stargazing Event at Centennial Park welcomed 400 participants who, during a 10 minute period between 8:30 and 8:40 pm, used small telescopes and binoculars to look at various objects in the night sky. This timelapse video, which compiles 2500 photos taken between 6pm and 9:30pm, shows people assembling in the field to listen to presentations by Prof. Fred Watson and Dr. Amanda Bauer before the official stargazing event began. A timeline of events are included in the video.

RESULTS:  In total, 37 sites across Australia participated in achieving the Guinness Record World, including 7960 individual stargazers. The Guinness World Record for the "Most People Stargazing across Multiples sites in a Country" was confirmed on 15th October 2015.  Congratulations to all involved!

Video Credit: Ángel R. López-Sánchez (AAO/MQ)
Music: "Space Guardians", by Fran Soto, Epic Soul Factory

World Record Stargazing 2015 in Centennial Park. Credit: Ángel López-Sánchez (AAO/MQ)

World Record Stargazing 2015 in Centennial Park. Credit: Ángel López-Sánchez (AAO/MQ)

Participants in the World Record Stargazing 2015 in Centennial Park. Credit: Tom Hankok

Participants in the World Record Stargazing 2015 in Centennial Park. Credit: Tom Hankok

Participants in the World Record Stargazing 2015 in Centennial Park. Credit: Tom Hankok

Participants in the World Record Stargazing 2015 in Centennial Park. Credit: Tom Hankok

World Record Stargazing 2015 in Centennial Park. Credit: Ángel López-Sánchez (AAO/MQ)

Panorama of the World Record Stargazing 2015 in Centennial Park. Credit: Ángel López-Sánchez (AAO/MQ)