Augusta residents enjoy special journey through the cosmos

Rick Tonello from the Gravity Discovery Centre headed south to Augusta for the sellout 'Starry Night' event on Tuesday, January 11. Photos: Supplied
Rick Tonello from the Gravity Discovery Centre headed south to Augusta for the sellout 'Starry Night' event on Tuesday, January 11. Photos: Supplied

Clear skies and bright stars greeted participants at a special event at the Augusta Community Resource Centre last week.

More than 60 people joined astronomer Rick Tonello from the Gravity Discovery Centre in Gingin for the sellout 'Starry Night' event on Tuesday, January 11.

Mr Tonello led community members of all ages on a journey through the cosmos, using some of the Discovery Centre's specialist equipment.

"We were lucky enough to have perfectly clear skies and four large telescopes to view different parts of the cosmos including a very detailed view of the moon," said Augusta CRC Project Officer, Rachuel Knapinski.

"It was a pretty amazing experience and also something really unique to have in Augusta.

"With the success of this event, Augusta CRC will plan to hold another astronomy night in the near future, which may involve a number of events over a few days," she said.

To stay in touch with the Augusta Community Resource Centre and upcoming events, visit www.augusta.com.au to download newsletters and view the events calendar.

The next major event is 'Augusta Presents', featuring soul and blues rock band Dr Fish with locals guests Howling Onshore at the Augusta Hotel Saturday March 19.