Upcoming Events

Journey of metals through the Cosmic Web

Dr Anshu Gupta presents her research via Zoom

In her presentation about Journey of Metals Through the Cosmic Web Dr Anshu Gupta will  focus on how galaxies evolve in conjunction with their chemical evolution in this Zoom presentation to Members.


Dr Anshu Gupta is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of New South Wales, Sydney. Her main focus is to understand how the local environment shapes galaxies as we see them today, from clouds of gas to galaxies like our Milky Way. She combine observations from the largest ground based telescope with the state-of-the-art cosmological simulations to estimate if galaxies living in dense galaxy clusters produce metals faster than galaxies living in isolation.​ If you are not a member and want to join this event consider becoming a member and/or email our secretary:

Date: Monday 1 June 

Time: 6:30pm sharp - join in at 6:20pm

Sydney City Skywatchers Anniversary : Zoom in to a virtual celebration!

Snippets from 125 years of history by Dr NIck Lomb

We are celebrating the continuation of our astronomy society since its beginning in 1895 as the NSW Branch of the British Astronomical Association through to today. Dr Nick Lomb will present a talk about the events and personalities of the last few decades. Then we will have a virtual 'toast' to our love of astronomy.

To join us you will need to be a member and use the link sent to you by email. 

Date: Monday 4 May 2020

Location: Members will be invited by Zoom

Time: 6:15 to join

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Articles by Members

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...

March 1, 2020

7 March 1831

The Royal Astronomical Society receives its Royal charter from King William IV. The society was founded in 1820 as the Astronomical Society of London to promote astronomical research. At that time, most members were 'gentleman astronomers' rather than profe...

February 7, 2020

This month  . . .  Jupiter’s Great Red Spot.

The most powerful storm in the solar system, so large Earth can fit inside it, still baffles astronomers today. The image above is an enhanced-color image of Jupiter’s Great Red Spot was created by citizen scientist Jaso...

February 7, 2020

Professor Richard (Dick) Hunstead died on Thursday 30 January 2020 at the age of 76 after a short illness. He was a widely respected astronomer, who will be greatly missed by his friends and colleagues at Sydney University and at other institutions around Australia and...

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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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