Image: The Usual Suspect by Paul Haese

David Malin Awards: Winning Sky Photos 2020

24 October 2020–14 March 2021 Sydney Observatory Free Entry

See spectacular, award-winning photographs of the night sky from the last 24 months as judged by world-renowned astrophotographer Dr David Malin. This competition encourages photographers to use their vision, imagination and skill to produce inspiring and beautiful images of the sky.

A free exhibition open to all, images on display include an extensive view of the Eta Carinae nebula, revealing red hydrogen gas and dark, obscuring clouds. Other photographs reveal shimmering auroral patterns, a Moonrise over Cape Byron lighthouse and a glowing green comet snapped from our Sydney sky.

The Central West Astronomical Society?organise the David Malin Awards as part of their annual AstroFest held at Parkes, NSW. The support of CSIRO’s Australia Telescope National Facility is acknowledged, along with that of printing partner SUNSTUDIOS. There are eight award categories plus an Australasian Sky Guide Cover Award from the Powerhouse Museum.

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Now open, free of charge

Please note:

  • The Observatory building and gardens are open. Scan our QR code at the main entry near at the gates between 10am-4.30pm
  • Visitors wishing to pre-book their visit can do so here: book for a visit during February
  • Night and day tours are suspended in accordance with NSW Health guidelines
  • To help plan your visit, please find information here about the measures we’ve put in place to keep everyone safe.?Visitors are required to provide their name and contact details on arrival to support contact tracing in line with?NSW?Health rules and our COVID-Safe plan.
  • If you wish to bring a group, or have any accessibility questions about your visit, please contact us at? or call 9217 0222.
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Plan Your Experience

All the information you need to plan your visit is available on the Sydney Observatory venue page, including:

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Discover More

2020 Australasian Sky Guide available to purchase from the Powerhouse store or online.

2021 Australasian Sky Guide

Purchase a copy of this popular guide by well-known astronomer and author Dr Nick Lomb who has been providing stargazers with everything they need to know about the southern night sky for over 30 years.

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