Almost 500 people attended the third Sky Stories event at Sancrox Reserve on Friday evening.
Hastings Secondary College, Wauchope High School, Port Maquarie Astronomical Association, Mid North Coast Astronomy and Future Moves, Charles Sturt University hosted the event.
Educators and astronomy enthusiasts combined to present an entertaining and educational night.
A feature of the evening was the telling of Indigenous Sky Stories, a recognition of ancient aboriginal knowledge, said a spokesperson for the organisers.
“Sky Stories is an example of what science can do, utilising the knowledge and expertise of those who contribute to our community’s education,” the spokesperson said.
“Those attending on the night had access to the technology of today with telescopes and smartphones helping everyone make sense and understanding of our relationship to the sky.
“The night had many benefits including connecting community and education through to promoting hands-on learning and cultural inclusion.”
For many, the highlight was seeing Saturn and its rings while there were some amazing views of the moon along with Jupiter and its moons.
Hastings Secondary College student Oliver Barry said the talking telescope was ‘pretty cool’.
The night had many benefits including connecting community and education through to promoting hands-on learning and cultural inclusion.Sky Stories
“There is so much to learn about the solar system and our teachers were awesome in helping us to understand,” he said.
Wauchope High School year 11 and 12 hospitality students provided guests with a spread of cakes, biscuits, and slices, the BBQ was sensational.
Damon Moroney put a splash of colour to the evening with solar system artwork while the Birpai Mitijgan Dance Group provided some traditional dance.
Hastings Secondary College head science teacher Gillian Shute praised the behind-the-scenes work involved in putting on the night.
“These types of events take extensive teamwork and on behalf of the committee, thank you to everyone involved,” she said.
“There is nothing more satisfying than hearing and seeing students and our community engaged in learning.”
Meanwhile the Hastings Science Fair is on Monday August 14 from 11am at Panthers Port Macquarie.