More than 46,000 stargazers help break world record

4 June 2018

I want to thank all of the people and organisations that hosted the stargazing parties around Australia - the volunteers, guides and scout groups, schools - and everyone for coming out.

The official count for the ANU and Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) stargazing Guinness World Records title effort has been confirmed.

Guinness World Records officials have announced that 46,345 people across hundreds of locations in Australia looked at the Moon through a telescope for 10 minutes at the same time on 23 May to break the world record for the Most people stargazing - multiple venues.

ANU held the previous Guinness World Records title for the Most people stargazing multiple venues - just shy of 8,000 participants across 37 locations in Australia looked up to the night-sky at the same time on 21 August 2015.

Astronomer Dr Brad Tucker from the ANU Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics said beating the previous ANU record by more than five times was incredible.  

"I want to thank all of the people and organisations that hosted the stargazing parties around Australia - the volunteers, guides and scout groups, schools - and everyone for coming out," said Dr Tucker, who worked with the ABC to organise the record-breaking attempt.