Uluru Astronomy Weekend
Media Release - 23 June 2015
Ayers Rock Resort, in partnership with the Centre of Excellence for All-sky Astrophysics (CAASTRO), will host the second Uluru Astronomy Weekend from Friday 14 to Sunday 16 August 2015. Throughout the weekend popular scientific personality Dr Karl Kruszelnicki will lead guests on a celebration of the vast outback night sky from arguably the best vantage point in the world, Australia’s Red Centre.
Designed for astronomy enthusiasts of all ages, this enlightening weekend includes an exciting program of free engaging discussions on astro-statistics and the structure of the cosmos, astro photography, hands on introductory astronomy activities for families, a satellite marketplace and much more.
For the full astronomical experience, join one or more of the optional Signature Events, featuring Stellar Sounds of Silence. Set to be an unforgettable stargazing experience, Stellar Sounds of Silence is a bush tucker inspired buffet dining experience followed by an aperitif and guided tour of the outback night sky by Dr Karl and guest astronomers. Other Signature Events include an Astro Trivia Lunch hosted by Dr Karl and a Galaxy Star Dinner set to be star studded event not to be missed. Full event program including pricing and further information attached.
"In CAASTRO, we are committed to making astronomy accessible, comprehensible, and attractive for the public and for students – the next generation of scientists." said CAASTRO Director Professor Elaine Sadler.
"The dark skies around Uluru provide a wonderful setting in which to learn about, and reflect on, the amazing Universe in which we live." she added.
About Ayers Rock Resort
Ayers Rock Resort provides a variety of accommodation from the premium Sails in the Desert, Award-winning Desert Gardens Hotel, self-contained Emu Walk Apartments, the authentic Outback Pioneer Hotel and Lodge and Ayers Rock Campground. Ayers Rock Resort is managed by Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australia.
About Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australia
Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australia is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Indigenous Land Corporation (ILC) and manages tourism and resorts on its behalf. Voyages offers unique experiences and cultural immersion in spectacular locations around Australia including Ayers Rock Resort in the Northern Territory, Home Valley Station in The Kimberley in Western Australia and the Mossman Gorge Centre, in Tropical North Queensland.
One of the key responsibilities of Voyages is to promote and sustain eco tourism, protecting pristine sites for many years to come. Voyages works collaboratively with local communities to assist them to exercise sustainable environmental tourism practices, respecting and supporting the local Indigenous cultures and offering employment and training opportunities to the local and broader Australian and Torres-Strait Islander Indigenous communities
Profits from all business activities are re-invested in the Indigenous and resort experiences and through the various training and development programs in place around Australia.
CAASTRO is a collaboration between Curtin University, The University of Western Australia, the University of Sydney, the Australian National University, the University of Melbourne, Swinburne University of Technology and the University of Queensland. It is funded under the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence program and receives additional funding from the seven participating universities and the NSW State Government Science Leveraging Fund.