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Sydney Observatory Late: Lunar New Year

22 January 2023, 7–10pm

Celebrate Lunar New Year with a telescopic view of Saturn, Venus and Jupiter in the west.  



7-10pm Nicholas Ng performs on an erhu (a Chinese two-stringed bowed musical instrument) from the Powerhouse collection, accompanied by the Chinese Music Ensemble, demonstrating the practice of Bugang 步罡. Bugang is an ancient Daoist ritual that seeks to harness the energy of the Big Dipper by symbolically pacing the outline of its stars. 



7–10pm FBi Radio Snack Time curate Lunar New Year foods pop-up 



7–10pm Telescope viewing 



7-10pm Hosted by two PhD students specialising in astronomy and astrophysics, tours draw on the Chinese connection to the night sky.  



Yuanming Wang is an astronomy PhD student at the University of Sydney. She is working on finding fast changing radio signals in the sky, and recently discovered the most luminous pulsar (rotating neutron star) in the Large Magellanic Cloud. She is one of the founders of the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences Astronomy Association. 


Zixian Wang (Purmortal) is a PhD student studying astrophysics at the University of Sydney. He is researching the stars in the galactic centre using an 8m Very Large Telescope (VLT) and building a virtual telescope to look at the Milky Way. He served several roles in the Astronomy Association of Nanjing University during his undergraduate and is very interested in science communication with the public. 


Dr Nicholas Ng is a composer, performer and researcher interested in discovering new ways to connect with the ancient past, nature, and the spiritual world through traditional and contemporary sound. 


Ng established the Sydney Conservatorium of Music’s Chinese Music Ensemble in 2016 to give students from across the university the opportunity to study traditional Chinese instruments. 


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