Thousands of Australians are invited to help set a new Guinness World Record for the most people stargazing at multiple venues. Lane Cove will be part of the action with the 1st Tambourine Bay Sea Scouts holding the event at their Tambourine Bay Scout Hall.
On May 23, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) and the Australian National University (ANU) will join forces to produce the television broadcast event “Stargazing Live.” ANU hopes to break a skywatching record the university itself set back in August 2015, when 7,960 participants across 37 locations in Australia looked up simultaneously to observe the night sky.
This community event will include a live screening of Stargazing Live with Brian Cox. Brian Cox is the thinking women’s sex symbol and former member of D:REAM. He will be co-hosting with Julia Zemiro.
How Do You Break the World Record?
For this record, the participants will stargaze at the Moon through a telescope or binoculars for a 10-minute period simultaneously across multiple sites throughout Australia. The current World Record, set in 2015 by the Australian National University, stands at 7,960 people across 37 locations. The organisers are aiming to set a record so large that it will be nearly impossible to break again.
When and Where
Join 1st Tambourine Bay Sea Scouts for an evening of fun and excitement as they try to break a Guinness World Record! There will be a fire, marshmallows, a warm drink and cakes to buy.
7.00pm: Event registration
8.00pm: Stargazing Live broadcast commences (World Record attempt will take place between 8.00pm and 9.00pm)
10.00pm: Event concludes
You will need to bring your telescope or binoculars to this event – please ensure you register for a ‘Single World Record Participant – BYO Telescope/Binoculars’Ticket. If you do not own a telescope or binoculars you can purchase them when you register on the event website. To participate in the World Record each person will need their own individual telescope/binoculars. Sharing these items will result in disqualification from the attempt.
The event will still take place if there is cloudy / rainy weather – the record only requires a 10 minute viewing window on the Moon for the record attempt, so the organisers will make every effort to participate. Unfortunately, if the weather does not clear for the 10-minute viewing window, the venue will be disqualified and the number of participants won’t count towards the World Record. Please note: in the case of a severe weather event, please check the @WorldRecordStargazing Facebook page for event updates.
While there is no minimum / maximum age for participants, please bear in mind that World Record participants must be able to look through a telescope/binoculars for a 10 minute period while remaining in a specific area. Minors should be accompanied by a parent/guardian and be supervised at all times.
Make sure you bring a jacket/warmer clothes as it may be cold, and an umbrella/poncho in the event of wet weather. Please note: this is an alcohol and drug-free event.
Come along and join in a fun night and be a world record holder.
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