Uluru Astronomy Weekend
Now in its second year, Uluru Astronomy Weekend from 14-16 August, will once again showcase the vast outback night sky, where visibility is at its best.
In partnership with the ARC Centre of Excellence for All-sky Astrophysics (CAASTRO), Uluru Astronomy Weekend is devoted to providing insights into astronomy, with the weekend held during the phase of the new moon for even greater visibility.
Hosted by popular scientific personality and celebrated author Dr Karl Kruszelnicki, along with some of the world's leading experts, this enlightening weekend will include engaging discussions on astro-statistics, the structure of the cosmos, fun family activities and demonstrations, Astro Photography and Dark Matter activities and more. This event will provide those already familiar with the night sky new insights into our universe and for those new to astronomy an excellent introduction.
Download PDF program: Uluru Astronomy Weekend 2015
Event entry: FREE | charges apply for Signature Dining Events and Outback Sky Journeys (advanced bookings essential)
Due to the popularity of the weekend event there are limited accommodation rooms left across the resort. We encourage you to book as soon as possible. Please contact the Travel Centre directly to reserve your accommodation & Uluru Astronomy Weekend Signature Events
2 Night Uluru Package starting from $276 per person twin share, includes 2 nights' accommodation, guest activities, return Ayers Rock Airport transfers and daytime astronomy sessions and seminars. Or stay 3 nights and save PLUS receive FREE full buffet breakfast daily.
Our Travel Specialists are there to assist you with your accommodation, event, tours and car-hire enquiries and bookings.
Open Monday to Friday between 8am and 6:30pm (AEST), and from 9am to 5pm (AEST) on Saturday and Sunday.
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- 2 hours after sunset
Take a moment to explore the vast night landscape with the use of telescopes, binoculars and iPads. Learn how stars are formed, why they produce light, the lifecycle of a star, the theory of “the Big Bang” and much more. Don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity to have your questions answered in an Australian outback classroom.
Tour duration approx. 1 hour 15 mins
- Star gazing tour
- Learn about astronomy and its beginnings
- Interactive tour with use of telescopes, binoculars and iPads
- Children 15 years and under are FREE
- 30 minutes after sunset
This family friendly star gazing tour is designed for people of all ages with limited knowledge of the night sky but have an appreciation of its beauty. The tour is broken into three segments ? the past, the present and the future.
Past: learn how ancient cultures used the night sky for mythology, orientation and to predict upcoming seasons.
Present: an opportunity to explore the night sky with telescopes, iPads and binoculars. Our resident astronomer will point out different constellations, stars and planets.
Future: the evening concludes as you sit back and relax, while your guide contemplates what may be around the corner for astronomy and humankind.
Tour duration approx. 1 hour
- 1730 - 2130
Your Stellar Sound of Silence experience begins with canapés and chilled sparkling wine served on a viewing platform overlooking the Uluru and Kata Tjuta National Park.
As the sun sets and darkness falls, join your table of fellow travellers for an unforgettable dining experience accompanied by an introduction to Aboriginal culture with a traditional dance performance under the outback sky.
As the night sky twinkles to like, help yourself to a buffet with native bush ingredients such as kangaroo, crocodile and quandong
After dinner, settle back and listen to Dr Karl in dialogue with astronomers Professor Roger Davies and Associate Professor Emma Ryan-Weber decoding the southern night sky. Aided by astronomers on telescopes, you’ll locate the Southern Cross, the signs of the zodiac, the Milky Way, as well as planets and galaxies that are visible due to the exceptional clarity of the atmosphere. After dinner, enjoy dessert with a glass of port, tea or coffee.
Event will be held 5.30pm - 9:30pm, Friday 14th of August.
- Stellar Sounds of Silence begins with outback style canapes and chilled sparkling wine
- Unique Dining Experience - a three course bush tucker inspired buffet
- Performances include traditional Indigenous dance and didgeridoo on dune-top
- Dr Karl interactive interview and star talk with guest astronomers Roger Davis and Emma Ryan-Weber
- 1230 - 1400
While you sit back and enjoy a delicious continental style lunch, test your astronomical knowledge and challenge others, as MC Dr Karl and our guest astronomers and speakers - Professor Roger Davies, Professor Steven Tingay, Professor Rachel Webster and Associate Professor Emma Ryan-Weber, lead competing tables of teams for who knows most about the cosmos with a fun trivia competition, complete with astro-themed prizes.
Event will be held 12:30pm - 2:00pm, Saturday 15th of August.
- 1900 - 2300
Celebrate the final night of the Uluru Astronomy Weekend beginning with drinks at our outdoor space lounge as you star gaze into the night sky using a telescope.
Enjoy a BBQ buffet dinner that includes a selection of mouth-watering hot and cold courses and a chef’s selection of desserts.
An after dinner speech on amusing and fascinating ‘factoids’ by the infectiously enthusiastic MC Dr. Karl follows, then your evening culminates with space themed music from ‘Stars on 45’ to a spectacular dance version of ‘Dark Side of the Moon.’
Set to be a star-studded affair, this is an event not to be missed.
Dress smart casual and relaxed.
Event will be held 7:00pm - 11:00pm, Saturday 15th of August.