Kids and teens
Bright southern sky
Some of our brightest stars. On the right is the constellation Crux, the Southern Cross. In the lower left shines the constellation Centaurus.
Image credit: ESO/Yuri Beletsky
We're encouraging aspiring young poets to wax lyrical about the night sky as part of an astronomy-inspired poetry competition: 'Don't Be Afraid of the Dark'.
Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the City is installing high-visibility, energy-efficient street lighting across Sydney to help improve safety but also to reduce light pollution, "so everyone can enjoy a better view of the night sky".
"This poetry competition is a wonderful reminder for people to look up, take inspiration and write about some of the wondrous things they can see in our sky at night," the Lord Mayor said.
Sydney Observatory Manager, Toner Stevenson said the competition aims to get people to look outside at night to discover new sights.
"Everything looks different at night, even plants. We want children to appreciate there are good reasons we need darkness. Animals need darkness to feed or just go home.
"And there is the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander appreciation of the night sky. Dreamtime stories, like poetry, create images. How wonderful it would be to see the sky in the city as it was for the original owners," Ms Stevenson said.
Each Sydney resident who enters the competition will receive a free double pass to a Sydney Observatory daytime tour.
Competition winners also receive night family passes to the observatory and entry to the observatory's Earth Hour poetry evening on 29 March where the winners will receive their awards and prizes.
How to enter
To find some inspiration for your poetry entry, visit the Sydney Outdoor Lighting Improvement Society.
There are 3 categories in the competition:
- 5–10 years
- 11–18 years
- 18 years and over.
Please review the terms and conditions available for download below. Entries are now open and close on Friday 14 March. Your entry can only be sent by email to email@example.com.
In the meantime, find out more about what our libraries have to offer kids and teens.
Last updated: Monday, 24 February 2014