AstroTours to educate and entertain visitors at Open Day

Monday 18 July 2016

The Hubble Space Telescope in orbit above the Earth

The Hubble Space Telescope in orbit above the Earth. Image credit: Swinburne Astronomy Productions.

In summary

  • Since 2000 Swinburne has presented more than 900 AstroTours in its Virtual Reality Theatre
  • On Open Day, AstroTours will be guided by current Swinburne Astronomy PhD students
As an astronomer, there is no better way of being reminded of the Universe's beauty and awe than to see it reflected in the eyes of the public.

Swinburne’s ever popular AstroTours will once again be featured at this year’s Open Day on 31 July 2016.

The movies, animations and simulations used to explore the Universe have all been produced by Swinburne’s in-house team of astronomers, researchers, animators, artists and programmers.

“We’ll be running Bigger Than Big and Telescope on Open Day, but will also be digging back into our archive for a few old favourites,” co-ordinator of the AstroTour program, Associate Professor Chris Fluke, says. 

During Open Day the tours will be guided by current PhD astronomy candidates at Swinburne, such as Sabine Bellstedt.

"As an astronomer, there is no better way of being reminded of the Universe's beauty and awe than to see it reflected in the eyes of the public," Ms Bellstedt says.

Since 2000, the Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing at Swinburne has presented more than 900 AstroTours in its 3D Theatre.

The tours are designed to educate and entertain audiences about astronomy and recently ticked over their 28,000th visitor.

AstroTours are recommended for audiences aged seven years or over.

They are held in Swinburne’s Virtual Reality Theatre, ground floor of the AR building (AR104). 

Swinburne Open Day is Sunday 31 July 2016. Plan your day and discover why we’re the must visit Open Day.