It’s been 50 years since Australia helped send images of humankind’s first steps on the Moon around the world. To celebrate we’re holding FREE open days at our Parkes Observatory.

Activities

Saturday 20 July and Sunday 21 July (9am – 5pm):

  • Take the rare opportunity to tour 'The Dish'
  • Discover the latest in Australian astronomy and space science with talks, presentations and displays – hear from Adelaide-born NASA astronaut Dr. Andrew Thomas and the Australian Space Agency on Sunday 21 July
  • Drive the telescope to observe pulsars in real-time
  • Explore the brightest stars, planets and the Sun with the Central West Astronomical Society
  • Check out the Parkes Observatory Visitors Centre
  • Have fun with science activities for kids
  • Get into theme with space face painting
  • Be entertained by roving performers
  • Step back in time with vintage car displays
  • Listen to live music
  • Enjoy the range of delicious food available

The telescope tours continue

Saturday evening

Make sure you arrive early to grab a prime spot and enjoy our pre-movie entertainment from 5pm, including:

  • Optical astronomy viewing
  • Space trivia
  • Apollo 11 - themed short films and artworks
  • Grab some gourmet dinner under the Dish
  • Actor Roy Billing, who played the Mayor of Parkes in 'The Dish' will introduce the film
  • 'The Dish' will then screen at 7pm.

Sunday afternoon

Watch the broadcast of the Moon landing as it happened in 1969.

  • At 12.56pm (AEST) on Monday, 21 July 1969, six hundred million people watched Neil Armstrong's first steps on the Moon, which were recorded by our own Parkes radio telescope along with NASA's Honeysuckle Creek Tracking Station near Canberra.

Event date: 20Jul 2019

Saturday 20 - Sunday 21 Jul 2019

Parkes Observatory Visitors Centre

585 Telescope Road, Parkes NSW 2870, Australia.

More information

Program – Astronomy and space talks

Saturday 20 July 2019

Speaker

Topic

9:30am - 9:55am

Dr Phil Edwards

60 years of Parkes in 15 minutes

10:00am - 10:25am

Dr Jane Kaczmarek

Voyager 2

10:30am - 10:55am

Dr Andrew Cameron

Pulsars with Parkes

11:00am - 11:25am

Mr John Sarkissian

Parkes and Apollo 11

11:30am - 11:55am

Dr Jeanette Dixon

The amazing Apollo discoveries

12:00pm - 12:25pm

Dr Shivani Bhandari

Fast Radio Bursts with Parkes and ASKAP

12:30pm - 12:55pm

Dr Jimi Green

Parkes as a Pathfinder

1:00pm - 1:25pm

Dr Karen Lee-Waddell

Cosmic dance of the galaxies

1:30pm - 1:55pm

Dr Sarah Pearce

The Square Kilometre Array

2:00pm - 2:25pm

Dr Danny Price

Are we alone? The role of Parkes in the search for life beyond Earth

2:30pm - 2:55pm

Mr John Sarkissian

Parkes and Apollo 11

3:00pm - 3:25pm

Dr Jeanette Dixon

The amazing Apollo discoveries

3:30pm - 3:55pm

Dr Shivani Bhandari

Fast Radio Bursts with Parkes and ASKAP


Sunday 21 July 2019

Speaker

Topic

9:15am - 9:40am

Dr Phil Edwards

60 years of Parkes in 15 minutes

9:45am - 10:10am

Mr John Sarkissian

Parkes and Apollo 11

10:15am - 11:15am

Dr Andrew Thomas & Mr Anthony Murfett

Main stage

11:15am - 12:00pm

Dr Everett Gibson

The Bolton Lecture: What the Astronauts did while on the Moon

12:15pm - 1:15pm

Official ceremony and broadcast of Moon walk

Main stage

1:30pm - 2:10pm

Mr Stephen Slater

The making of "Apollo 11"

2:15pm - 2:55pm

Mr Chris Culbert

Humans and technology on the Moon

3:00pm - 3:25pm

Mr Ant Schinckel

Square Kilometre Array

3:30pm - 3:55pm

Dr Karen Lee-Waddell

Cosmic dance of the galaxies

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).

FREE Buses - Catch a lift to the Dish on the Apollo Express
Our FREE 'Apollo Express' buses will be regularly travelling from Parkes to The Dish, so hop aboard for free hassle-free travel.

Parkes Pickup Location
Cooke Park, Parkes, NSW, 2870
View Map

Timetable

Saturday 20 July

Sunday 21 July

Depart Parkes

Depart The Dish

Depart Parkes

Depart The Dish

9:00am

9:30am

9:00am

9:30am

9:30am

10:00am

9:30am

10:00am

10:30am

11:00am

10:30am

11:00am

12:00pm

12:30pm

12:00pm

12:30pm

1:30pm

2:00pm

1:30pm

2:00pm

2:30pm

3:30pm

2:30pm

3:30pm

3:30pm

4:30pm

 

 

Visiting Parkes

To find out more information about what to see and do and where to stay while visiting the Parkes region head to www.visitparkes.com.au

Accessibility

Please note that the Parkes Observatory is wheelchair accessible, including the Visitors Centre, toilets and the café. We are also holding regular ground-based tours that are fully accessible.

About the telescope tours

To ensure the smooth operation of the telescope tours throughout the days we will be providing visitors who'd like to go on the tour with a wristband with an allocated window of time for their tour. Make sure you swing by the Telescope Tour Passes tent first on your way in to grab your wristband.

Enclosed footwear is essential, and all people must be able to walk unassisted up stairs.

If you'd prefer to keep your feet on terra firma, we've got a team of experts giving regular guided ground-based tours as well (no pass required).

Contact

Parkes Observatory Visitors Centre

Phone +61 2 6861 1777

Email parkes-vdc@csiro.au

Science areas: Astronomy

Event type: Open day or tour