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Shire residents take part in Stargazing Live World Record


Warrumbungle Shire residents joined more than 40,000 people across Australia to smash the Guinness World Record for the most people simultaneously observing an object in the night sky through a telescope.

With Coonabarabran affectionately known as the ‘Astronomy Capital of Australia’ it was fitting that the community get involved in a World Record attempt to gaze at the stars.

While events in Coonabarabran at the High School and Siding Spring Observatory drew good crowds, it wasn’t the only town in the Shire that joined in on the World Record attempt. A Star Party was also held in the North of the Shire at Baradine Showgrounds.

Warrumbungle Shire Council Mayor, Councillor Peter Shinton said, “it was great to be part of the Stargazing Live World Record on Wednesday, 23 May 2018, and to have the chance to be part of a record breaking event in the Astronomy Capital of Australia here in our very own Shire”.

“I’d like to congratulate everyone involved, in particular those who organised events here in the Shire at Coonabarabran and Baradine. I understand that the record has been broken, although final numbers are still being determined. With numbers of more than 40,000 being talked about this will smash the previous World Record of 7,960 set in 2015”, said Clr Shinton.

“As well as having the opportunity to take part in a Guinness World Record it was great to welcome the ABC’s Stargazing Live program back to Warrumbungle Shire. Having the Stargazing Live program return to Siding Spring Observatory is a real coup. We hope to welcome them back again in the future”, said Clr Shinton.

Clr Shinton commented, “having events like this in the Shire help to promote our region as one of the must visit tourist destinations in regional NSW. We are always looking for opportunities to host events like this that help to promote the designation of Warrumbungle National Park as Australia’s first Dark Sky Park”.

“We are proud to be the gateway to Australia’s first Dark Sky Park. The designation of the Warrumbungle National Park as a Dark Sky Park has many benefits not only for star gazers but also for the environment and the surrounding region”, said Clr Shinton.

Last Updated: 30 May 2018