The CSIRO Parkes Observatory Open Days

18-19 July 2009

The CSIRO's Parkes Observatory is celebrating the International Year of Astronomy and the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.

On 21 July 1969, Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin became the first people to set foot on the surface of the Moon. This remarkable achievement was the realisation of a long held dream of mankind. The television pictures of this historic event were received by the CSIRO Parkes telescope and relayed to 600 million people or 1/5th of mankind at the time.

To celebrate this incredible achievement, the CSIRO Parkes Observatory will be hosting open days on the weekend of 18-19 July. The open days will showcase the achievements of the Parkes Radio Telescope as a world-leading astronomical telescope as well as its roles in supporting some of the most significant space missions in history.

  • What: Open Days
  • When: 18 - 19 July 2009
  • Time: Saturday: 9:00am - 4:00pm
    Saturday night: 5:30pm - 8:00pm
    Sunday: 9:00am - 4:00pm
  • Where: Parkes observatory (20km north of Parkes, NSW)
  • Activities: Telescope tours (enclosed footwear required)
    Astronomy talks
    Ask an expert

Only a limited number of telescope tours can be conducted. To avoid disappointment arrive early. All visitors wishing to go on telescope tours must wear enclosed footwear.

Keep checking this page for updates as we get closer to the date.

Email the Parkes Observatory Visitors Centre for more information.