Flowers, stars and wine will collide when astronomy comes to The Calyx in the Royal Botanic Garden. The event — which is running over single nights in January, March and April — invites you to kick back, relax and learn about the night skies.
In January and April, Dr Angel Lopez-Sanchez will chat to the group — he's an astronomy research fellow and a science communicator at the Australian Astronomical Observatory and Macquarie University. In March, Professor Fred Watson AM, a well-known astronomer and author, will lead the proceedings. On all nights, Bundjulung man and storyteller Drew Roberts will chat about Aboriginal interpretations of the night sky.
Surrounded by the garden's botanic surrounds, you'll gain a whole new perspective on familiar constellations and learn how to find those that are not-so-familiar. Learn to locate the Jewel Box within the Southern Cross, bright nebulae within Sagittarius and Omega Centauri, a globular cluster.
Tickets are a reasonable $35 and include a glass of wine upon arrival.