Hundreds join in for the 100 Hours of Astronomy

Thank you to everyone who joined us in Civic Square over the weekend to celebrate 100 Hours of Astronomy – an event which took place worldwide. The weather held for us on Saturday and hundreds of people were able to see the Sun through the solar observing telescope, and then later on in the evening,  the stars, the Moon and Saturn.

Saturn in particular was very popular and quite a stunning sight, especially for those of us having our first look through a telescope.  We estimate around 1,000 people looked through a telescope with us over the two days – a fantastic contribution from Wellington towards the worldwide target of 1 million viewers!

To see photos taken on Saturday visit our Flickr page,  and take a look at to see further pictures from other 100 Hour events from around New Zealand and the world.