A national stargazing event organised by ANU has won a second Guinness World Record for Australia. Image: James Grubel

ANU now holds two Guiness World Records for stargazing. Photo by James Grubel.

Eyes to the skies

ANU is now the proud holder of a pair of Guinness World Records.

 

On a chilly evening in August, more than 1,800 people gathered on Fellows Oval to break the world record for the most people stargazing in one place at the same time.

Meanwhile, ANU led 39 other sites across Australia to break the official Guinness World Record for the most amount of people stargazing at multiple sites.

"I was blown away by how enthusiastic people were - the weather was not brilliant but still people turned out in droves," says lead organiser Dr Brad Tucker, from the ANU Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics.

"It shows Astronomy really is an inspiring science for everyone."

Five sites were rained out on the night or did not meet the Guinness requirements, with the largest successful group on the ANU campus.