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Sometimes the best science experiences happen when people least expect it. ICRAR’s guerrilla astronomy is about setting up telescopes in unusual places and inviting people to observe the West Australian night sky as an unexpected break in their evening.

The beauty of guerrilla astronomy is in the way it brings science to anyone. Events are not advertised and no attempt is made to gather an audience, instead telescopes are taken to where people already are; the side of a bike path, a shopping centre or an outdoor event.

ICRAR staff and students at a Guerrilla Astronomy event on the South Perth foreshore.

ICRAR staff and students at a Guerrilla Astronomy event on the South Perth foreshore.

Outreach staff and professional astronomers simply stand with their telescopes and wait for people to come and take a look — and people always do. ICRAR’s astronomers also speak to people about what they see and answer questions about astronomy and their work. The unexpected experience leaves people walking away with a newfound sense of wonder and appreciation for the Universe.