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Introducing listeners to astronomical wonders in the sky

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With the support of a CBF Content Development - Program grant, a team of 5 presenters at 2BAY FM created 200 x 2 minute episodes of Star Tours: The Night Sky and one 28 minute series finale to inspire the next generation of astronomers, chemists, physicists and scientists.

The program offered a tour of the moon, stars, planets and major constellations in the southern sky, along with the latest astronomy news and the best way to view a meteor shower or eclipse.  This was all set to dramatic music and sound effects.

The program aired daily on the Community Radio Network and was rebroadcast by 42 stations across the country, with highlights podcasted.  The station had over 1,000 people listen to the podcast via their website, along with viewing the Night Sky Star Map, which was updated each month.

 Impressive numbers from this project:

  • 200 x 2 minute episodes of Star Tours: The Night Sky
  • one 28 minute series finale titled The Night Sky Bucketlist
  • rebroadcast by 42 stations across the country
  • 1,000 people listen to the podcast via the 2BayFM website
  • 360 people attended Star Tour astronomy evenings in Byron Bay

Some 360 people attended the public outreach component, with Bay FM hosting 12 astronomy viewing evenings, using multiple telescopes and inviting the community to meet the presenters.  The program was hugely popular and even drew a $1,000 donation from DNA Digital who noted Star Tours as their favourite program.

The Principal of a local school contacted the station to say that many of the school children had taken and interest in the program, commending the station on an outstanding educational initiative.