About 60 people turned their eyes skyward at an Orange winery on Saturday night to help celebrate a major astronomy event.
Dindima Wines hosted the Dark Skies at Dindima event which was one of only two Australian events registered as part of the International Astronomical Union’s 100 Hours of Astronomy celebration of its foundation 100 years ago.
Astronomer Tina Leaman said people were encouraged to bring their own telescopes and binoculars to view the skies.
She said she also provided activities for children to increase their interest in the event.
“Origami star-shaped boxes were crafted and embellished, followed by glittery constellations of their own invention,” she said.
“One girl gave her pet dog Lena the celestial treatment, another her pet cat Ginger was elevated to divine status.”
Dindima spokeswoman Lee Bell said once dusk arrived people were able to view the constellations of Orion, the Pleiades and the Southern Cross.
“Those gathered around astronomer Trevor Leaman, not only viewed these constellations noting their shape and the differing colours of the stars of which they comprised, but they also listened to both Greco-Roman and Wiradjuri stories associated with them,” she said.
“For many of the participants, young and older, this was their first experience of using telescopes to stargaze.”
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