Upcoming Events

Live astro-broadcasting: staying connected in isolation

A Zoom presentation by Geoff Wyatt

Join Geoff Wyatt, a lifelong astronomy buff, as he explains how he broadcasts live astronomy over social media platforms to audiences of up to 60,000. This will feature live images from the telescope if weather permits but in the event of cloud it will revert to a step by step guide with some recent recorded examples and perhaps an image or two from a recent aurora chasing trip to Iceland. This is a great way to learn more and share the isolation via live astro-broadcasting

Geoff Wyatt has twice been awarded the prestigious David Malin Medal for astro-imaging and he has been featured on television, radio and via the newsmedia to comment about astronomical events. He is a much sought after educator and is currently the Senior Science Educator for the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences. He has travelled widely seeking astronomical phenomenon and has a passion for technology and car racing. 

Date: Monday 6 July

Time: 6:30pm (join at 6:20pm)

How to join-in: 

This event is via an exclusive Zoom link which is sent to Sydney City Skywatcher members. If you would like to join but are not yet a member please email our secretary : at least 2 days prior.

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Articles by Members

June 30, 2020

4 July 1054

Chinese astronomers notice a star explode becoming a supernova in the constellation Taurus. It remained visible in the night sky for 653 days. The remnant of that exploding star is what we now know as the Crab Nebula. The supernova shone roughly four times b...

June 7, 2020

This month . . . .   Orion

Named after the mythological Greek hunter, the constellation Orion is one of the most famous, and recognisable, constellations in the night sky.

Orion is a hunter with a shield in his hand, a belt and sword around his waist, surrounded by...

May 31, 2020

2 June 1966   

Surveyor 1, the first of the Surveyor robotic spacecraft, soft lands on the Moon. It was the first American spacecraft to achieve a soft landing on an extra-terrestrial body. NASA’s Surveyor Program sent seven robotic spacecraft to the surface of the...

May 10, 2020

The Parkes Telescope - “The Dish” - from its historic role in the Apollo 11 Moon landing to looking for ET it has played an important part in Australian astronomy.  

The dish is not fixed to the top of its tower, but just sits on it. The moving part of the telescop...

April 30, 2020

13 May 1861

John Tebbutt discovers the Great Comet of 1861, also known as Comet C/1861 J1, one of the most brilliant comets known. He sent letters to the Government Astronomer at Sydney Observatory, Rev. William Scott, and to the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper advising...

2020 is an important year for citizen astronomy in New South Wales with the assembly, and first  meeting to form the British Astronomical Association New South Wales Branch (now called Sydney City Skywatchers) held on 30 January 1895. John Tebbutt FRAS was appointed th...

April 1, 2020

Sidewalk Astronomy in the times of COVID-19

As an inner-city dweller who loves astronomy, I have found that one can still enjoy stargazing and telescope viewings in an urban setting.

There are certainly limitations to viewing with city light pollution but there are some...

March 31, 2020

12 April 1633

The inquisition of Galileo by the Roman Catholic church begins. He was ordered to turn himself in to the Holy Office to begin trial for holding the belief that the Earth revolves around the Sun, which was deemed heretical by the Catholic Church. He was fou...

March 27, 2020

Every month there is a focus on an astronomical phenomenon by Sydney City Skywatchers' Secretary, Elizabeth Cocking. This month Elizabeth has researched meteor showers. In February meteor scientist and Senior Research Manager, Ross Pogson,gave an inspiring talk to Skyw...

March 8, 2020

Blamed for turning Bruce Banner into the Incredible Hulk, Gamma Rays and Gamma Ray Bursts are the most energetic and luminous electromagnetic events since the Big Bang.

There is more energy released in a few short seconds of a Gamma Ray Burst than will be released by th...

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Welcome to Sydney City Skywatchers

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. 


We meet at 6:30pm on the first Monday of the Month at Sydney Observatory (now running virtually - see upcoming events). Typically there are short astronomy reports from members, and then a guest speaker or telescope viewing opportunity. You don't need to have any specialist knowledge, or own a telescope to enjoy, participate in and learn from these sessions but a passion for astronomy is a must! 


Since 1895 our aims to service the amateurs in astronomy have not changed.

Should you wish to have a night telescope tour of Sydney Observatory please contact the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS).

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Sydney, NSW, Australia

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