Tuesday 17 October

10am - 3pm


Gallery 8 & Blue Door Room


5 hours




International Observe the Moon Night is a worldwide event that encourages observation, appreciation and understanding of our Moon and its connection to space science, exploration, and human culture. This annual event connects scientists, educators and lunar enthusiasts from around the world.

At Questacon we will have lots of fun and exciting activities to empower you to discover more about the Moon. In Gallery 8, you will learn to use a telescope, observe features on Questacon’s 7m Moon sculpture, high-five an astronaut, and touch meteorite fragments. The National Archives of Australia are also bringing one of the most significant objects from their collection – fragments of moon rock and an Australian flag that was carried to the moon and back on board Apollo XI.

Our mini scientists can take part in the Early Learning Moon Adventure – joining Questacon’s astronaut on a fun, interactive moon adventure! Together we’ll role play a rocket launch, travel to the Moon and be back in time for lunch.

Things to know

Gallery 8 Activities

  • Activities in this space are suitable for ages 6+
  • From 10am-3pm, drop in anytime

Early Learning Moon Adventure 

  • Located in the Blue Door Room
  • Session times: 10am, 11am and 12pm
  • Suitable for children aged 3-6 years old and their caregivers
  • Included as part of your entry to Questacon, no additional booking required
  • More information on the Moon Adventure event page.

Additional information

International Observe the Moon Night is sponsored by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) mission and the Solar System Exploration Division at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, with many contributors. LRO is managed by NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, for the Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C.

To learn more about International Observe the Moon Night, check out NASA's website.

Australian curriculum link: In the Australian curriculum, the study of space and telescopes is integrated into the science curriculum, particularly within Earth and Space Sciences.