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Parkes open days

July 21, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm AEST

Free event.

It’s been 50 years since Australia helped send images of humankind’s first steps on the Moon around the world. To celebrate we’re holding FREE open days at our Parkes Observatory.


Saturday 20 July and Sunday 21 July (9am – 5pm):

Take a tour of the world famous "Dish".

Take a tour of the world famous “Dish”. Credit: Shaun Amy.

  • Take the rare opportunity to tour ‘The Dish’
  • Discover the latest in Australian astronomy and space science with talks, presentations and displays
  • Drive the telescope to observe pulsars in real-time
  • Explore the brightest stars, planets and the Sun with the Central West Astronomical Society
  • Check out the Parkes Observatory Visitors Centre, including 3D movies
  • Have fun with science activities for kids
  • Get into theme with space face painting
  • Be entertained by roving performers
  • Step back in time with vintage car displays
  • Listen to live music
  • Enjoy the range of delicious food available

Sunday afternoon

Watch the broadcast of the Moon landing as it happened on Monday, 21 July 1969. When, at 12.56pm (AEST), 600 million people around the world watched as humanity took its first steps on the Moon.


July 21, 2019
9:00 am - 5:00 pm AEST




CSIRO Parkes radio telescope
585 Telescope Rd
Parkes, New South Wales 2870 Australia
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