Aoraki Mackenzie Starlight Festival

The Hermitage and Hillary Alpine Centre, Mt Cook, Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park, New Zealand

Open Day at University of Canterbury Mt John Observatory

Venue: University of Canterbury Mt John Observatory, Godley Peaks Rd, Lake Tekapo

Tickets: $10

Time: 2.00 – 5.00 pm, Sunday 15 October

Hosts: Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Canterbury and Earth & Sky Ltd, Lake Tekapo.

University of Canterbury Mt John Observatory is New Zealand’s only professional observatory for research in optical astronomy, founded in 1965 and now in its 52nd year.

Lake Tekapo's spectacular, unpolluted night skies attract visitors from all over the world.
University of Canterbury Mt John Observatory on top of Mt John, near Lake Tekapo, provides outstanding conditions for observations and discoveries of the southern sky.

Visit the telescopes, talk to the astronomers about their work, see the instruments and computers they use, go to the Earth & Sky Astrocafé on Mt John for refreshments.

For the kids, “Space Crafts” will be in the room of the very first Observatory’s telescope. Join in, by painting an alien mask or designing your own planet. Earth & Sky Astronomy Guides will also show case daytime telescope observations if the weather permits.

Note: A Starlight Festival ticket must be shown at the gate to the private Mt John road in order for no road toll to be charged. The access to the Mt John road is from Godley Peaks Road from SH8; Godley Peaks Road is about 2 km west of Lake Tekapo village.

University of Canterbury Mt John Observatory, Lake Tekapo (photo by Fraser Gunn)

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