2013 in review

We have already thrown ourselves into the new year and unbelievably it is almost 1/6 over! The last couple of months have been all about getting ready for this year’s observing season and program, but I thought it might be a good time to reflect on last year and then relate some of the end of year stories that seemed to have been waylaid over the holiday period.

My last job at the end of 2013 was to collate all the attendance data and write a letter congratulating all the TiS schools on the amazing job they have done bringing Astronomy into their schools. The following is a snapshot of some of the amazing stats from the last two years;

10  full TiS Schools each with their own 12″ SC Telescope


135 astronomy sessions have been held

29 observing sessions have been solar observing

only 35 sessions were to cloudy for observing

3 special events including Transit of Venus and 2 partial eclipses

1 Astronomy camp


2710 of the attendees have been students

445 of the attendees were teachers

394 of the attendees were parents

and 360 attendees were siblings, community members and students from other schools.

181 attendees were members from the Astrophysics Group and students at The University of Melbourne

What we did:

All 8 planets have been viewed through at least 1 of the telescopes

11 Telescope licenses were awarded in 2013

4 professional development sessions were held for TiS teachers, students and parents

Our first Astrophotography Competition was held with Scienceworks with 9 Prizes awarded

The Web:

74 posts



Thank you to all our followers, those who contributed to the posts, left comments and retweeted our tweets and are helping to get the message of our program out there. I look forward to telling you more about the program and reading your comments this year.

Sponsors and Supporters:

The Astrophysics Group at the University of Melbourne have driven this program, but if not for the time and energy donated by our wonderful students and postdocs, the depth of the program would not have been achieved. I would like to thank them for their support and enthusiasm as do the TiS teachers and students.

ScienceworksMelbourne Planetarium and Quantum Victoria have been huge supporters of the program from day 1 hosting and collaborating on many events for us. We would like to thank everyone for this support and look forward to working with you again this year.

CAASTRO and CSIRO have been instrumental in their guidance and support for the program. CAASTRO sponsoring many of the Astrophotography prizes.

Sheldon and Hammond have been great sponsors, helping many of the TiS family reach their dream of owning their own telescope and they also donated our major prize for the Astrophotography competition.

We look forward to more collaborations with these amazing groups in 2014 along with our major funder, the Laby Foundation with the support from School of Physics and the Astrophysics Group.

A busy year to be followed by an even busier one this year I am sure!


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