BAS Public and School Outreach Programs

Throughout the year BAS members take telescopes to various community events, and each month to the Mount Coot-tha Lookout, to provide the public with an opportunity to view the Moon, stars, nebulae and galaxies as few get to see them.   At the request of schools members also take telescopes to schools around Brisbane to introduce students to astronomy and space. 

On occasion, BAS will organise special outreach events to introduce members of the public to amatuer astronomy, especially during major astronomical events such as solar eclipses and events in the global astronomical community such as the international Observe the Moon Night.

View photos and reports from previous outreach events.

School Nights

Request a school astronomy night and our members will set up a variety of telescopes so school children and their parents can observe and learn about the night sky.

We conduct school telescope nights a few times most months for primary and high schools around Brisbane.  We invite requests from schools in the metropolitan Brisbane region encompassed by Caboolture, Ipswich and Beenleigh.

Primary Schools

For primary school children we recommend selecting dates when the moon is visible in the early evening, preferably in the period extending from about 4 days prior to the lunar first quarter through to about two days before full moon.  We suggest checking moon rise and set times here to find suitable dates each month.

High Schools

High school students may be more interested in deeper space objects and any date beyond three or four days either side of the full moon would be suitable.  However please be aware of the profound impact that city light pollution has on the ability to observe faint and very distant objects from within metropolitan Brisbane.

School Checklist

When contacting BAS to request a school night please provide us with the following information:

  • Your preferred dates.
  • An estimate of the number of students and parents that may attend.
  • The location of your sports field or wide open area where telescopes may be located. We prefer to have direct vehicle access onto these locations due to the weight and bulk of telescope equipment.
  • The name and contact details of a school contact that will coordinate and promote the event to students.

For schools with large numbers of students, siblings and parents attenting an evening we would also appreciate the assistance of a teacher or school representative in a "crowd control" role at the telescopes.  Speeding kids, dark sports fields and delicate equipment can make for an interesting mix.