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Stardust Junior Astronomy Club

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Have you ever wanted to learn about this amazing universe that you live in?
Have you ever wanted to know where to find the constellations in the night sky?

Would you really like to see craters on the Moon or view the magnificent rings of Saturn
Or see the giant planet Jupiter through a telescope?

 Then come along to the Stardust Junior Astronomy Club
Held at the Runaway Bay Library (For ages between 6 to 12 years old)

Bookings are essential please phone the Runaway Bay Library (07) 55817220 or email

Presented by – Noeleen Lowndes (Life Member) Southern Astronomical Society (Gold Coast)

~ Current Dates and Topics for Stardust from February  to December 2018 ~

Thursday 1st February 2018
Topic – Strange Asteroids in our Solar System

Not only do we have Planets, Moons & Comets in our solar system
There are also millions of strange asteroids out there too!

Come along to the library to hear all about them.

Thursday 1st March 2018
Noeleen will be away chasing the Aurora’s in Norway 🙂
(Aurora Borealis in the Arctic Circle)

Thursday 5th April 2018
Topic – The stunning Aurora of the Northern Lights

What causes these magnificent displays of coloured lights in the sky?
Come along to the library to see and hear all about how it happens.

Thursday 3rd May 2018
Topic – Icy Water found on another Planet and other planetary moons!

Wow…NASA has now found frozen icy water in our Solar System!
Come along to the library to hear all about it.

Thursday 7th June 2018
Topic – Lets find Jupiter in the night sky

The mighty planet Jupiter is now in our night time sky, but where is it?
Come along to the library and I will show you where to find it in the night sky!

* Special Jupiter viewing event for Stardust Junior Astronomy Club *
Thursday 21st June 2018 from 6.00-7.00pm

Come along to the library and view the real planet Jupiter through my large telescope  🙂
(Weather permitting)

Thursday 5th July 2018
Topic – Our incredible Milky Way Galaxy

We live in a galaxy filled with billions of stars, but where is our Sun among the stars?

Thursday 2nd August 2018
Topic – Future Space Travel

Come hear all about NASA’s new spacecraft and the amazing rockets
That will take us humans to Mars and back to the Moon 🙂

Thursday 6th September 2018
Topic – How do rockets work…5 4 3 2 1 Blast off!

Lets have fun today and find out how rockets blast off to the planets and beyond!

Thursday 4th October 2018
Topic – Coloured light from the Sun

Why do we see rainbows and other coloured lights in the sky?

Thursday 1st November 2018
Topic – We are going back to the Moon..Wow!

Come hear all about how NASA astronauts are going back to stay on the Moon

Thursday 6th December 2018

~ Christmas Stardust Party ~
Lets have lots of fun today for our Star Party

Please bring along a plate a yummy Star theme food for everyone to share
There will be space giveaways and games to play 🙂

Fraser Smith is a *Star* at the Stardust Junior Astronomy Club

It was a very exciting time late last month when the media contacted us for a story on the Super, Blue, Blood Moon to go into the newspapers. Chris Honnery a reporter from the Courier Mail contacted both Jenny and myself to do a story but he wanted to try and have a child with a telescope in the article.

In comes our star Fraser, who’s one of the Stardust children from my astronomy club at the Runaway Library, Fraser’s mum Bronwyn is one of our new members at SAS and she was very happy to give permission for her son to be in the article about this special lunar eclipse.

The whole process had to be done in just a couple of hours to meet the deadline for the paper, so Jenny quickly set up her telescope at her place and Julie supplied the SAS t-shirt (Yay!) with Bronwyn providing our budding junior astronomer ‘Fraser’…so great team work everyone!

At our Stardust astronomy session at the library on the 1st February, Fraser proudly showed off his picture that was in the newspaper and told the other children all about it, so now you are a little star Fraser 🙂 Noeleen Lowndes

Photo1. Fraser in the Courier Mail on the 31st January 2018.
Photo 2. Fraser proudly showing off the newspaper at the Stardust club at the library.
Photo 3. Fraser and Noeleen with there newspaper articles with SAS being mentioned, the media did a wonderful job of advertising the event, it was just such a shame that it was cloudy.

Credit: Article written by Chris Honnery from the Courier Mail (Brisbane)

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