In Summary

Swinburne University of Technology’s AstroTours celebrated its 25,000th visitor during a school group session with students from Methodist Ladies’ College today.

Since 2000, the Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing at Swinburne has presented more than 850 AstroTours, designed to educate and entertain audiences about astronomy.

“The movies, animations and simulations used to explore the Universe are all produced by our in-house team of astronomers, researchers, animators, artists and programmers,” co-ordinator of the AstroTour program, Professor Chris Fluke, said.

“It has been very rewarding to share our excitement about the Universe with so many visitors.   It is wonderful to share this event with the students of Methodist Ladies’ College.  We hope that we are inspiring these scientists of the future to think a little more about how amazing space is.”

Each 50-minute AstroTour is hosted by a professional astronomer who adapts the content to the audience.

AstroTours are recommended for audiences aged seven years or over, and are available for primary and secondary school groups as well as the general public.

Experience the Universe in 3D during the Winter school holiday period. Session times are shown below and places are limited.

  • Wednesday 1 July at 10am
  • Wednesday 1 July at 2pm
  • Friday 3 July at 10am
  • Friday 3 July at 2pm

The cost is $10 per person which can be paid at the door by cash or cheque. Please arrive at least 10-15 minutes before the advertised start time.

Bookings are essential and can be made via email to ethackray@swin.edu.au  or call Elizabeth Thackray on 9214 5569.

AstroTours are held in the Swinburne University Virtual Reality Theatre, ground floor of the AR building (AR104).  See http://astronomy.swin.edu.au/astrotour  for more information and a campus map.

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