Sydney Observatory Late

Observatory Late is a monthly program presented under the stars on the grounds of the Sydney Observatory.

This free program will be held each month featuring a night of stargazing, talks from leading astronomers, music and performance with food and beverages from leading NSW producers and wine makers on offer.

Built in 1858, Sydney Observatory is positioned on the highest point of Sydney Cove, boasting panoramic views of Sydney Harbour and is considered a site of ‘state significance’. The Observatory plays a central role in the history of timekeeping, meteorology and astronomy in Australia. In over 160 years it has kept time for New South Wales, established one of the longest continuous weather records in Australia and catalogued 430,000 stars in the southern sky.

The late-night series is led by events in the night sky, including live astronomy talks and telescopes for viewing. Musicians perform live, and food and beverages are available for purchase. Sydney Observatory Residents will present special programs responding to astronomical and calendar events, and the Powerhouse collection.


Future Dates

Saturday 8 October 2023 Australasian Sky Guide Launch Waitlist Activated
Tuesday 8 November Total Lunar Eclipse
Sunday 22 January Lunar New Year
Wednesday 22 February WorldPride
Saturday 25 March Earth Hour
Thursday 20 April Partial Solar Eclipse (daytime event)
Saturday 6 May Full Moon
Friday 22 June Winter Solstice

More to come. For updates, follow our Instagram and Facebook.

Read about the COVID Safe measures we’ve put in place to keep everyone safe when visiting the museum here.

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Proudly funded by the NSW Government.