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Mullumbimby High School students and parents took part in a country-wide stargazing event last Friday night, which effectively broke world record for sheer numbers of sky-watchers.

A crowd of 53 parents, students and siblings gathered on the basketball court to be part of the world record attempt for the most people to be stargazing in the one country simultaneously.

While the final count is still to come, so far 8,336 budding astronomers are confirmed to have been stargazing on the night, blitzing the old record of 3000 set in Mexico, according to the school’s head science teacher Cristhian Colli.

‘Congratulations to all who attended and thank you to Dr Allan Brockman and his team for their presentation and the use of their telescopes and also to Phil from Starry Night Planetarium for coming to the school and showing our community the beauty of astronomy,’ Cristhian said.

 


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