Mount Barney Lodge to join in world record attempt

STAR PARTY: People can take photos and stargaze at Mount Barney's star party to break a world record. Photo: Kate Wall.
STAR PARTY: People can take photos and stargaze at Mount Barney's star party to break a world record. Photo: Kate Wall.

MOUNT Barney Lodge is urging the Scenic Rim community to help break a Guinness World Record for the most people in a country stargazing in multiple venues at once.

Stars are coming back into focus on May 23 from 6pm to 9pm with local astrophotographer Kate Wall to help guests see and capture the wonders of the night sky.

Bring a telescope and enjoy a sausage sizzle with the team at the lodge.

Guests will join thousands of people across Australia observing the sky to take part in the record attempt organised by the ABC with the help of Australian National University who broke the last record.

Stargazers need to observe an object in the night sky through a telescope for the same 10-minute period to beat ANU’s current record which was set in 2015 with 7,960 people who took part across 37 locations.

Mount Barney Lodge co-owner Tracey Larkin said hearing Ms Wall wanted to take part in the challenge but had no venue, they decided to register the business as a venue.

“It was out of the blue just like how a lot of great things happen around here,” she said.

“We thought it would be good if Kate showed people what to look at the night sky and about astrophotography.

“The (star party) was compatible with some of the events we hold here at the lodge like our maroon hike at night.

“We are all about looking at the sky at night and it is looking crystal clear with the winter chill coming.”

Ms Larkin said she was surprised at the rapid pace the event was growing from word of mouth.

“We are finding more and more people jumping on board with the idea,” she said

“I guess you can say it is accelerating at the speed of light.

“It’s an exciting thing to try to break a world record and anyone who has always wanted to have their name in the Guinness book should join us on the night.”

Ms Larkin said she hoped to have more than 30 people take part.

”All you have to do is go to one of the registered venues and look up at the stars for just 10 minutes between 7pm and 8pm,” she said.

“So many people like to pop up to the mountain to take a look at the stars and milky way throughout the year so why not do it as part of a challenge like this event?”

To register for the free event at Mount Barney Lodge, go to their Facebook event page or call them on 55443233.