Starlight, star bright, all the stars you’ll see this night!
Cardinia Shire Council is partnering with Mount Burnett Observatory (MBO) to share the wonderment of the skies from the beauty of Emerald Lake Park on Saturday 11 May.
This FREE event will offer the community guided tours around Lake Treganowan to see the skies from various viewing points. Volunteers from Mount Burnett Observatory will share their passion and knowledge of astronomy using the naked eye and telescopes.
Cardinia Shire Mayor Councillor Graeme Moore said this is a great opportunity for the community to look differently at the place.
“We all know how beautiful and unique the Emerald Lake Park precinct is, but it’s so easy to forget about the skies when you’re surrounded by such beauty on the ground! It’s a whole different perspective when we take the time to look up!” Cr Moore said.
“This Stargazing event offers an interactive way for the community to learn about our local skies whilst exploring this beautiful park at night. We are so fortunate to have a world renowned observatory located in our Shire. This event allows the passionate volunteers from MBO to share their skills and knowledge in a new setting.”
Stargazing tours will depart near the Wig-Wag railway crossing at Emerald Lake Park. Parking is at the upper carpark near the ‘Lakeside’ Puffing Billy train station. The lower Lakeside carpark will be closed.
Bookings are essential and places are limited. Tour groups will depart from 7pm at fifteen minute intervals with each tour running for around two hours.
“We know this event is going to be popular, so it’s a good idea to book your place early. All you have to bring is warm clothes, good walking shoes and your cosmic curiosity!” Cr Moore said.
This event includes a lot of walking in the dark and some steep areas so guests are urged to be prepared or supported. In the case of inclement weather, the event will be rescheduled.
The Stargazing event follows the successful Lakelight Cinema and Egg-straordinary Easter Hunt activities over the school holidays. Autumn is a wondrous time to visit the Emerald Lake Park Precinct and this event is one more reason to do so.