Stargazing spots for this weekend’s meteorite shower

Wherever you are on the east coast this weekend you might be lucky enough to see up to 20 shooting stars an hour on Saturday night.

Delta Aquarid’s journey past Earth is annual event, and this weekend it peaks, and crosses paths with another meteorite shower, Perseids.  Prime time viewing begins after the moon sets at 11.15pm and before the sun rises at around 7am.

Sapphire Coast skies are beautifully clear in Winter, and you don’t have to leave town to appreciate it.

Grab a torch and rug up, here are some easy spots to pop into this weekend.

Tathra

  1. Tathra Headland, with Brett Ritchie & Sapphire Snappers

This is the place to be for photographers! Astrophotographer Brett Ritchie will lead a free workshop from 10.30pm this Saturday night. All you need is a camera with manual settings, a lens with manual focus, tripod, remote shutter release (or self timer function), a head torch and rug up in warm clothes.

Meet at Tathra Memorial Gardens, at the end of Bega Street. You can register your interest with Sapphire Snappers on Instagram or Facebook.

 

2. Short Point Headland, Merimbula

Low light pollution and fabulous views east make this a great spot for Merimbula viewings. Grab a seat near the beach or stay in the car. Directions. 

Aslings Beach, Eden

3. Whale viewing platforms at Aslings Beach Road or Bass Street, Eden.

Solid and raised, these viewing platforms have panoramic unobstructed views across Twofold Bay with seating too. Directions. 

Panboola, Pambula Village, Sculpture

An eagle marks the entrance to the wetlands.

4. Panboola Wetlands, Pambula

This is one for people who like spooky experiences! On a cold, still night you might encounter some fog here, but you will still hear the rustlings and calls of the night birds and bats. There’s clear pathways and picnic tables here. Directions. 

Bega Valley Lookout, 6 kilometres north of Bega.

5. Bega Lookout, Princes Highway

The elevated panoramic views of Bega Valley create a beautiful opportunity to watch the skies. Directions.

Bermagui Blue Pool

6. Bermagui

Bermagui’s coastline has much to offer! Stay in the car at Dickinson Headland, or climb the stairs to Blue Pool and see the stars reflected in the water. Directions.

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