Gold Coast astronomers line-up telescopes for all to see

If you’ve never looked through a telescope to get a real life close-up of the moon or the stunning planets that occupy our galaxy, tonight is your night.

The Gold Coast-based Southern Astronomical Society (SAS) is inviting the public to their annual Saturn in the Park event at Paradise Point.

Saturn and its magnificent rings will be in prime position in the night sky for optimal viewing through telescopes provided by SAS.


“At this time of the year, we have a wonderful alignment of the planets, particularly Saturn, which is one of the most beautiful planets in our Solar System” SAS member Noeleen Lowndes told myGC.

Mars and Jupiter as well as moon will also be available to see up close and personal, in a way many people my find is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

“To share the experience with people – from little kids to our elderly – it is really a lovely thing to be able to give somebody that,” Ms Lowndes said.

“This is a wonderful opportunity. It might only be once in their life that someone gets to look through a telescope, and not just see our galaxy on a computer or TV screen.”

SAS members will align their telescopes in the late afternoon along the northern end of The Esplanade at Paradise Point (adjacent to Mallard Ave), with the public invited to come along for a look from nightfall, with the event running from 6pm – 9.30pm.