Observatory open day at Ōtehīwai Mt John

Presenter: UC School of Physical and Chemical Sciences and Dark Sky Project
  • Date: Saturday, 25 June 2022 to Saturday, 25 June 2022
  • Time: 10:00AM to 04:00PM
  • Location: Ōtehīwai Mt John Observatory, Takapō
  • Ticket: Free

As part of the inaugural Matariki Mackenzie festival the University of Canterbury’s Observatory on Ōtehīwai Mt John will be open to all ages.

Your hosts, astronomy research students and UC astronomers, will show you the mighty telescopes, discuss the world-class research that happens here, and answer your questions — bring your curiosity about everything from black holes to alien worlds!

In conjunction with Dark Sky Project, the observatory will be open to the public during standard daytime road operating hours of 10-3 pm.  Dark Sky Project will assist with transport from Takapō waterfront (where the main event is happening).

 Please note:

  • This is a guided walk of approximately 500m, therefore some walking fitness required.
  • Please dress warmly and wear suitable footwear for walking on uneven terrain.
  • Masks must be worn at all times while indoors in the telescope buildings. If you have cold, flu or COVID-19 symptoms, please stay home. 
  • There is a $8 per vehicle charge to use the access road (which funds road maintenance). Road access is weather dependent, indicated at the road gate.
  • Access is also possible via the walking track from lakeside.
Contact website: https://matarikimackenzie.co.nz/products/uc-presents-observatory-open-day-at-otehiwai-mt-john

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