Welcome to Sydney City Skywatchers

We acknowledge and pay respect to the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation. It is upon their ancestral lands that Sydney Observatory, the home of Sydney City Skywatchers, is built. As we share our own knowledge and learn about astronomy and its heritage, may we also pay respect to the knowledge embedded forever within the Aboriginal Custodianship of Country.


Established in 1895, Sydney City Skywatchers carries forward a proud tradition of providing a forum dedicated to amateur astronomers and astronomy enthusiasts in the city. Since our beginnings our aims to service the amateurs in astronomy have not changed. We are inclusive and welcome new members from Sydney and beyond.

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2022 Speaker Program

Our speaker program is designed to appeal to our members' different interests and to stimulate cosmic curiousity.

Monday 7 February, 6:30pm

'Computing the Universe', Dr Paul Hancock, Research Fellow Curtin University, WA.

Monday 7 March, 6:30pm

'32 Years of the Australasian Sky Guide', Dr Nick Lomb. Order your 2022 Sky Guide before the talk!

Monday 4 April, 6:30pm

'The First Astronomers', Assoc. Professor Duane Hamacher, University of Melbourne. Read the Book first!

Monday 2 May, 6:30pm

'Dust: wipe it or keep it, it's ubiquitous'

Dr Tayyaba Zafar, Macquarie University.

Monday 6 June, 6:30pm

'Sending research on ageing into Space'

Professor Malcolm Jackson, University of Liverpool, UK

Monday 4 July, 6:30pm

'The James Webb Space telescope and beyond' 

Glen Nagle, Education and Public Outreach Manager at the Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex.

Monday 1st August, 6:30pm

Members' presentation night including: 'Observing Deep Space Objects' by Andrew Wood, and more.

Monday 5th September, 6:30pm

'Imaging Newborn Exoplanets with the James Webb Space Telescope' Dr. Benjamin Pope, astrophysicist University of Queensland.

Wednesday 5th October, 6:30pm
'History of Radio Astronomy' Adjunct Professor Wayne Orchiston, University of Southern Queensland

Monday 7th November

'Armagh Observatory: an astronomical past, present and future' Presented by Dr Rok Nežič.

Tuesday 8th November

Total Eclipse of the Moon viewing night from 7:00 to 11:30 pm

Eclipse: 8:09 – 11:49pm