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In collaboration with the Dubbo School of Distance Education, we developed the dark sky education unit.


The dark sky education unit is a face to face, nine week, cross curriculum package available for all stage three teachers.


During the unit students will:

  • learn of the impact of light pollution
  • understand the importance of maintaining the dark night sky, and
  • discover how to protect the night sky for the future


The dark sky education unit is designed for delivery in a project-based learning format and is fully resourced and mapped to the NSW and Australian curriculum.


View the education unit


All resources relating to the educational unit including videos, worksheets, posters, assessment rubrics and team documents are available for download online.

Dark Sky competition

In 2018 we ran a competition for NSW schools which delivered the dark sky education unit.


Students worked in teams of up to four to develop an innovative idea to help protect the night sky at Siding Spring Observatory.


Over 4000 students across NSW students entered the competition.


The competition was judged by leading experts from the Department of Education, The Department of Planning, Industry and Environment and in the field of astronomy.

Dark Sky competition winners

Congratulations to Lidcombe Public School, the winners of the Dark Sky Competition.


The winning team from Lidcombe Public School won prizes for themselves and their school.


Our video Lidcombe Public School wins first Dark Sky school competition [1:36] introduces the winning students and what they enjoyed about being in the competition.

Video transcript: Lidcombe Public School wins first Dark Sky school competition.

Dark Sky for kids

We want the night sky to be enjoyed for years to come, that’s why we want kids to learn about light pollution.


Here's what you can do to get involved:

  • take our dark sky quiz
  • ask your parents to read our guideline
  • ask your teacher to run the dark sky education unit in your school
  • visit an observatory and tell your friends all about it by sharing our postcard with them
  • ask your parents and teachers to sign up for future dark sky initiatives


Watch our fun video Help protect NSW’s dark sky [2:38] to learn more about light pollution and how you can help protect the dark sky.

Page last updated: 15/10/2019