Event date: 20Jul 2019

Saturday 20 - Sunday 21 Jul 2019

Parkes Observatory Visitors Centre

585 Telescope Road, Parkes NSW 2870, Australia.

More information

SixA radio telescope. hundred million people watched Neil Armstrong's first steps on the Moon during the Apollo 11 mission. It was one giant leap for mankind, taken at 12.56pm (AEST) on Monday, 21 July 1969, and recorded by our own Parkes radio telescope along with NASA’s Honeysuckle Creek Tracking Station near Canberra.

To commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission, we’ll be holding open days at Parkes Observatory to celebrate the telescope’s achievements. You are invited to visit the Observatory, so make sure to mark your calendar!

Activities will include:

  • Tours of the telescope
  • Talks by special guest speakers and astronomers
  • Daytime astronomy viewings of the brightest stars, planets and the Sun
  • The screening of the film, ‘The Dish’ (Saturday night, if weather permits)

Additional information will be posted as the date gets closer, please check this page for further updates.

Getting there

The Parkes radio telescope is located at Parkes Observatory, 20 kilometres north of Parkes off the Newell Highway (the main highway between Brisbane and Melbourne).


Parkes Observatory Visitors Centre

Phone +61 2 6861 1777

Email parkes-vdc@csiro.au

Science areas: Astronomy

Event type: Open day or tour