CPAS students at Stargazing Live

5 June 2018

The official count for the ANU and Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) stargazing Guinness World Records title effort was confirmed yesterday, with 46,345 people participating across hundreds of locations in Australia. 

As part of the week-long Stargazing Live events, students from CPAS and the Research School of Astronomy & Astrophysics produced over 30 minutes of educational videos which were sent to almost every school in Australia.

Katelyn Tsipiras and Abby Hodges (above) also performed live on stage at ANU Wednesday night for the Stargazing World Record Attempt, to a crowd of over 3,500 people — or about 1% of Canberra! 

You can see their video, "What do rainbows and astronomy have in common?", on the ANU YouTube channel. 

Dr Brad Tucker from the ANU Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics said beating the previous ANU record by more than five times was incredible.

"I want to thank all of the people and organisations that hosted the stargazing parties around Australia - the volunteers, guides and scout groups, schools - and everyone for coming out," said Dr Tucker.