Celebrating 230 years of European Astronomy at La Perouse

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Last night at the La Perouse Museum, the very enthusiastic and knowledgeable Education Manager from the Western Sydney University Penrith Observatory, Raelene Sommer, conducted a night of ‘star-gazing’.  Conditions varied throughout the evening but by 10pm there was good viewing of Sirius, Jewel Box (open star cluster Eta Carinae, star that’s about to go supernova), Alpha Centauri, 47 Tucanae(globular star cluster), and the The Great Orion Nebula .  The evening marked the 230th anniversary of the death of Father Receveur, who was the Chaplain on l’Astrolabe, as well being an ecologist, volcanologist, and assistant astronomer to Dagelet.

Thanks also to Professor Simeon Simoff, Dean of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics and Professor Information Technology for suggesting this evening; Professor Miroslav Filipovic, Director Western Sydney University Penrith Observatory and Dr Ain de Horta, Astronomer in Charge and particularly to Dave (pictured left) who wielded a mean laser pointer throughout.  Details about Penrith Observatory.

Previous astronomy related events at La Perouse include – link.

 

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Rediscover La Perouse 4th February 2018

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Scenes from Rediscover La Perouse Day:  from Morsecodians at the La Perouse Museum to Aboriginal dancers, games on the lawn, Blak Markets at Bare Island all culminating in the Commonwealth Games Baton relay with 13 runners including  Keith McCraw, Suzie Maroney and Marcia Ella-Duncan.  Continue reading

John Cann’s 80th birthday at the La Perouse Museum

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Deputy Mayor Alexandra Luxford, along with Councillors Carlos Da Rocha, Danny Said, Dylan Parker and Philipa Veitch, hosted a very special 80th birthday party for John Cann last night at the La Perouse Museum.  A number of guests paid tribute to John, including colleagues from his days at ICI and Laddie Timbery another La Perouse Loop icon who travelled from Huskisson to be there. (L-R:  Carlos da Rocha, Alexandra Luxford, Helen Cann, John Cann, Noreen (John’s sister). Continue reading