Cosmos Centre and Observatory
|Location:||Qantas Drive, Charleville, QLD|
|Phone:||07 4654 7771|
Charleville’s Cosmos Centre and Observatory has, if you will pardon the pun, universal appeal.
The complex has something for everyone. It’s loved by big kids, little kids, the young at heart and even people who have absolutely no interest in the stars or astronomy.
Astronomy at Night - The Cosmos Observatory
The sheer beauty of the Milky Way, stretching from horizon to horizon, fascinates visitors. If that isn’t enough, the powerful Meade telescopes allow you to view objects in the night sky that often defy description, many that are thousands of light years away from our Solar System.
As your eyes adjust you can see the soft colours that stars emit and suddenly you are really seeing red, orange, yellow, blue and white stars. Or imagine a “little fuzzy star”, that is really a star cluster with hundreds or even thousands of stars suspended in space. Be amazed by binary star systems, nebulae and planets and when the Moon is up see the depth and size of its craters.
Outback evenings are perfect for stargazing and the guides at the Cosmos Centre are keen to share their knowledge and love of all the the objects in our galaxy.
Bookings are essential for the evening observatory, to avoid disappointment book early to ensure your journey to the stars.
Astronomy by Day
If you think you can only visit at night, be surprised! Astronomy by day is as different as, well... day from night.
The Meteorite Talk Learn about falling and shooting stars, hold meteorites in your hand, and be surprised at their beauty.
Whatever happened to Pluto? In 2006 Pluto became a dwarf planet. Since then, four new dwarf planets have been discovered. Find out about the dwarf planets and other quirky facts about our Solar System.
Meet the Ancient Stargazers Find out what astrology, astronomy, Nostradamus, and the Bible all have in common.
Cosmos Theatre Step forward to the year 3035 and as Senators of the Intergalactic Union listen to a report on the state of play on the formation of the Earth.
Solar Astronomy Have you ever seen the Sun through a telescope? Using a special solar filter you can safely observe the star at the centre of our Solar System.
To enjoy the centre’s out-of-this-world experience, visitors need about one-and-a-half to two hours, after which they can enjoy a cosmic cappuccino or light-year latte to go with a larger-than-the-universe* lamington in the Cosmos Cafe.
*may not actually be larger than the Universe