Kids and teens

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

Competition winners

The astronomy-inspired poetry competition, Don't Be Afraid of the Dark, encouraged young poets to wax lyrical about the night sky.

We received a total of 140 poems.

The competition was sponsored by the City of Sydney, the Sydney Observatory, the Sydney Outdoor Lighting Improvement Society and Bintel.

Across 3 categories each winner received a telescope worth $800:

  • 5–11 year old section: Charlotte Gregory-Fromm, Newtown Primary School
  • 12–17 year old section: Joseph Burizk, Patrician Christian Brothers School, Fairfield
  • Open section: Margaret Bradstock

The winners were announced at Sydney Observatory's Earth Hour event on Saturday 29 March.

Last updated: Wednesday, 30 April 2014