Canberra Moon Week

Canberra Moon Week

In 1969, the first images of the historic moon landing were broadcast around the world from Honeysuckle Creek Station. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of this historic occasion, ANU, as Australia's national university, is hosting in partnership with the ACT Government, a five-day program of events and activities which will capture the imagination and explore our understanding of the moon and the universe. Join 2011 Nobel Laureate Professor Brian P. Schmidt, ANU experts, leading NASA and space experts, as we celebrate the anniversary in Canberra.

A full program is available to download, or you may like to check out the events listed here. 

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Upcoming events

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Past events

17
Jul
2019

Art Exhibition: Long way around

17 July 2019

Exhibition of artwork by ANU School of Art & Design Printmedia and Drawing students made in response to visual, sensory, and conceptual elements of Mt Stromlo.

17
Jul
2019

Mount Stromlo Astronomy Night

7pm 17 July 2019

Come and see the rings of Saturn, the craters of the moon as well as beautiful star clusters and nebulae.

18
Jul
2019

Space School

12pm 18 July 2019

Through a range of activities, demonstrations, and play, students will explore our solar system and beyond.

18
Jul
2019

Space Rocks: Moon, Mars, and Beyond

1pm 18 July 2019

See and touch fragments of other worlds. This temporary exhibit will display meteorites from as close to home as the Moon, to as far as the Asteroid Belt.

18
Jul
2019

Community film screening: Wall-E

2pm 18 July 2019

Pixar's Oscar-winning 2008 animated masterpiece.

18
Jul
2019

Public Lecture: Space: past, present and future

7pm 18 July 2019

Join Dr Andy Thomas, Australian Astronaut and a panel of leading space experts for a conversation about space: past, present and future.

19
Jul
2019

Extraterrestrial Seismology: Listening to the Pulse of the Moon and Mars

19 July 2019

In the frame of the 50th anniversary of the Moon landing, we will train our ears, and eyes, to recognize the Earth, Moon and Mars from their pulses.

19
Jul
2019

The NASA Communications Switching Centre

9.30am 19 July 2019

The NASA Communications Switching Centre was established at 107 Kent St Deakin in the second half of 1965.

19
Jul
2019

Fireside chat with Wally Bell

12pm 19 July 2019

Join Ngunawal Elder Wally Bell beside the firepit and listen to him share stories and enlighten people about Indigenous history.

19
Jul
2019

Andy Thomas’ Space Academy

1pm 19 July 2019

Join Australian Astronaut Dr Andy Thomas to hear and see his experiences about being an astronaut and learn how you can become one as well!

19
Jul
2019

Moon Week community film screening: Zathura

2pm 19 July 2019

Two young brothers play a mysterious board game they find in the basement of their house and find themselves magically teleported into outer space.

19
Jul
2019

Public Lecture: Space Technology

2.30pm 19 July 2019

Hear from leading scientists at NASA and Australia to see what is being developed to lead to the next big space achievements. 

19
Jul
2019

Community Film Screening: First Man

5pm 19 July 2019

Ryan Gosling stars as astronaut Neil Armstrong in director Damien Chazelle's (La La Land) acclaimed, award-winning 2018 biographical drama.

19
Jul
2019

Indigenous Stargazing

6.30pm 19 July 2019

Come along and hear our Indigenous astronomer, Pete Swanton, chat about Australia's rich and extensive history of stargazing.

19
Jul
2019

Space in the Pub: One Giant Leap

8pm 19 July 2019

Enjoy a beverage at Badger and Co as we take-off with a free Q&A on the future of space exploration and the global space industry.

19
Jul
2019

Moon Week film screening: Apollo 11

8.15pm 19 July 2019

Head back in time to the year 1969 with this Canberra premiere screening of this critically acclaimed 2019 documentary chronicling the Apollo 11 mission.

20
Jul
2019

Exhibition: Promised the Moon

20 July 2019

Fifty years after Apollo 11, artists reflect on the first moon landing and the Canberra region's role in this unique mission.

20
Jul
2019

Space Pop-Up talk #1: Space storytelling

1pm 20 July 2019

Join artists and storytellers from NASA and ANU to learn how we turn scientific space discoveries into stories the public can understand and enjoy.

20
Jul
2019

Space Pop-Up talk #2: Moon Geology

1.45pm 20 July 2019

Hear from Dr Everett Gibson from NASA and ANU scientists who were in charge of analyzing the rocks from the Moon collected by the Apollo astronauts.

20
Jul
2019

Space Pop-Up talk #3: Space Health

2.30pm 20 July 2019

Join a panel of Australia's leading experts on space health for an interactive talk about the physical and mental health issues astronauts have encountered.

20
Jul
2019

Space Pop-Up talk #5: Space law

4pm 20 July 2019

Hear from representatives from the Australian Space Agency and private space companies about the issues of future space exploration and travel.

20
Jul
2019

Moon Week Film Screening: The Dish

5pm 20 July 2019

Sam Neill stars in this 2000 comedy-drama that takes a semi-fictionalised look at the days before the Apollo 11 space mission in 1969.

20
Jul
2019

The Astronomy and Navigation of Aboriginal Australians

6.30pm 20 July 2019

Aboriginal people in Australia have a rich astronomical tradition such as the "Emu in the Sky" constellation of dark clouds.

20
Jul
2019

Community film screening: The Martian

7.45pm 20 July 2019

ANU Professor Penny King and NASA research scientist Dr Abigail Fraeman will introduce the movie and chat about their own experiences with Mars.