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The Night Sky, by Arthur Harvey – at the DRB Nats

12 July 2019, 7:15 pm-9:30 pm

When we go on camp, we often look upward and see the beauty of the night sky, but we don’t always know what we are seeing, or understand the intricacies, or know the significance of what is there. Tonight will be our chance to find out.


Tonight we have a speaker from the Perth Observatory teach us about the Night Sky. The observatory in Bickley is WA’s oldest observatory located 25km east of Perth and has served WA for over 120 years. It is actively involved public education. In recognition of its scientific, cultural and historical significance, the Observatory was entered on the state’s Heritage Register in 2005. Since 2015, the Perth Observatory Volunteer Group has been running the Observatory for the Western Australian Government, so the Observatory can continue to have a bright future and be a place to inspire the public and young minds.Some of the important research that has been completed at the Observatory includes:

  • Co-discovered Uranus’s ring system.
  • Publishes numerous Meridian Catalogues.
  • Was part of the NASA International Planetary Patrol in partnership with the Lowell Observatory.
  • Its astrographic telescope produced 10% of all ground-based positions for Comet Halley.
  • Its automated Supernova Search has discovered 30 supernovae.
  • It discovered 29 Minor Planets between 1970 and 1999.
  • It helped discover the super-earth exoplanet OGLE-2005-BLG-390lb
Tonight – 12 July 2019 – join us to learn about “The Night Sky”. The presentation will cover:
  1. Historical observations
  2. How objects are located (Right Ascension & Declination)
  3. Observation of artificial satellites
  4. The bright stars & planets
  5. The zodiacal constellations
  6. The southern constellations
  7. Deep space objects
The presentation is essentially a guide to naked-eye viewing and the appropriate software will be used to show you the night sky in real time.
Speaker: Arthur Harvey.
Arthur has been a volunteer at Perth Observatory for over a decade and regularly speaks with the public during night sky tours, school day tours and indeed, all of the Observatory’s outreach activities. He has been interested in and enthusiastic about astronomy since 1957 when, as a 7 year old, he saw the Russian sputnik traverse the night sky.

Venue: Jorgensen Park Pavilion, Crescent Road, off Mundaring Weir Road, Kalamunda, Western Australia. NB: We move venue in October 2019.

Target audience: Ideal for both children and adults. Bring the whole family from aged 6 years and upwards. Aged 6yrs -106yrs are all welcome, we are an energetic, enthusiastic and inter-generational club.


Kids’ talk – One of your younger members will be giving a 5 minutes kids’ talk: Drew Wallace, aged 12, “Facts about Huntsman Spiders you should know.” (Picture of Drew demonstrating one of his spiders at the Blue Sky festival.)

Monthly nature competition for children. When a child (under 16) comes along to a meeting they are invited to bring a drawing, craft work, story, study or video on the topic to the next meeting. Small prizes are given each month. Thus, any child who was at our June talk on edible plants can enter the competition this month.

Nature road show”. Members and visitors are encouraged to bring items to place on the display table or to send photographs to the MC in advance, e.g. a sample flower, a sample of geology, an insect, and so on – anything of natural history interest that has legally been obtained. One of our experts will identify them or briefly talk about them, or the person bringing them can talk about where they saw it, etc. Photographs are partcularly welcome, as everyone can see them. If you wish to show a photograph please email it, no later than the day before, to Rachel, our MC, and she will include it on her PowerPoint slides: DRB@wanaturalists.org.au

Raffle: We are raising money for our DRB elders strategy and will have a raffle please bring all your spare change! Amazing prizes! Got a great prize with fossils in it.

Time: Please come early at 7.15pm for a 7.30pm start as we start promptly. We are open from 7pm. We finish formal proceedings at 9.15pm and stay for refreshments and socialising afterwards any time up until 10.15pm.

Level: This will be suitable for anyone who loves astronomy, from scientists to amateurs, and children to elderly adults! Bring the whole family – aged 6yrs onwards.

Donation: All this for only a donation of $3 per person for adult members ($0 for child members), and $5 per adult visitor and $1 per visiting child. Includes tea and coffee and home-made cake and biscuits (including gluten free)! Please bring the right CASH to help us avoid long queues. Thanks. No EFTPOS is available.

Entrance: Doors are open for members at 6.45pm. Entry is open to visitors at 7pm. We use two different doors to avoid congestion – members come to the main side door and visitors come to the door off the verandah. We have signs pointing the way. Please note everyone needs to sign in on arrival and leave their contact details (just an email is fine) for legal reasons, thank you.

Door prizes: You could also be the lucky winner of a door prize. We make sure there are prizes for both members and visitors.

Bookings: Bookings are not required. Come early to get a seat at the front.


12 July 2019
7:15 pm-9:30 pm
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Jorgensen Park Pavilion…
Jorgensen Park Pavilion, end of Crescent Rd, Off Mundaring Weir Road,
Kalamunda, WA 6076 Australia
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