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Wollongong City Council

Get starry-eyed with Wollongong City Libraries

Wednesday 25 August 2021

Did you know that Neptune was discovered by mathematical calculation, not a telescope? Or that there is a storm on Jupiter that has been raging for nearly 400 years? You can learn more facts that are out-of-this-world with Wollongong City Libraries this Thursday 26 August as they guide you through the wonders of stargazing.

From the comfort of your home, you can tune in for this month’s Facebook livestream of Starstruck: Digital Stargazing in Wollongong. With our host Mitchell, you will navigate the night skies with digital planetarium software to find out what’s happening for the evening and for the rest of the month!

“We hosted our first free online session last month and received a lot of positive feedback. Families were able to stargaze, learn something new and ask questions from their own homes,” Wollongong City Lord Mayor Councillor Gordon Bradbery AM said.

“Our libraries noticed stargazing can be a bit difficult in Wollongong with light pollution - such as streetlights, houses and building lighting – so our livestream has helped our community to check out the planets in a new, clear and fun way.

“With the help of digital software, our host can zoom right in and get different views of specific planets and constellations. You can also learn how to spot one of the constellations on your own – including the Southern Cross.”

Starstruck is one of many online sessions our libraries have hosted in the absence of face-to-face programs.

Last week, Wollongong City Libraries ran two online scientist talks for National Science Week (16-22 August) - How to build an office for protein with protein biochemist and structural biologist Dr Taylor Szyska and Why do our nerves die? with Professor Marina Kennerson of ANZAC Research Institute and University of Sydney.

“Our libraries have done a wonderful job to help our community find entertaining and interesting ways to stay connected during lockdown. Make sure you check out their online and digital programs, resources and services - and hopefully you can join us to stargaze this Thursday night.” Cr Bradbery said.

Read more in our media release: 10 ways to enjoy the library at home.

If you wish to take part in Starstruck: Digital Stargazing in Wollongong, simply visit Wollongong City Libraries Facebook page. This is a free session and there is no need to sign up. The livestream will run from 6.30-7pm on Thursday 26 August.

You can also stay updated with more exciting livestreams and events on the Library Facebook page and website.