18 May 2018
City Attempts Guinness World Record for Star Gazers
EThekwini Municipality residents are encouraged to make history by being part of a Guinness World Record attempt for star gazing.
The Astronomical Society of Southern Africa (ASSA) is attempting to break a world record for the largest crowd gathered on Earth to look at the stars together at one time. The public is encouraged to join in the world record attempt and learn more about the stars at the same time.
The record breaking attempt is planned for Friday, 18 May starting at 5pm at the Durban Botanic Gardens. The official Guinness World Record count will be from 19h30 to 19h40. No late registrations will be accepted.
The City is aiming for 2 000 residents to join in the attempt and make their mark in history by being part of one of the largest crowds ever gathered on Earth to look at the stars together.
Those attending are encouraged to bring along a pair of binoculars to be included in the count. Telescopes, spotting scopes, cameras with telephoto lenses, opera glasses and even toy binoculars will be accepted!
The public is also encouraged to bring their own food and drinks as well as picnic blankets and camp chairs.
A donation of R10 per person will apply which will go towards the Durban Botanic Trust and the Astronomical Society of South Africa.
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Issued by eThekwini Municipality’s Acting Head of Communications Mandla Nsele.
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