Explore space, time and gravity at Western Australia’s leading science centre for physics & astronomy – the Gravity Discovery Centre & Observatory, near Gingin.
Discover the wonders of our Universe! The Gravity Discovery Centre & Observatory is a hands-on interactive science education centre with a focus on physics, astronomy and cosmology. Play and learn while experiencing science first hand, in action.
GET EXCITED ABOUT GRAVITY!
Breakthrough: Einstein’s Theory of Gravitational Waves detected in 2015
In 1915, Albert Einstein proposed his theory of general relativity, where he explained gravity as the curvature of space and time. Fast forward to 2015, and he was proved right. Gravitational Waves have now been discovered!
Einstein said matter and energy distort the geometry of the Universe in the similar way a heavy sleeper causes a mattress to sag – producing the effect we call gravity. A disturbance in the cosmos (like black hole collisions for example) could cause space-time to stretch, collapse and jiggle, just like a mattress shaking when the sleeper rolls over, producing ripples of gravity.
On September 14 2015, gravitational waves (created from a cataclysmic event of two black holes colliding in a distant galaxy, a billion years ago) finally arrived to Earth, detected by LIGO (the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory) in America.
Let me repeat that – it took these particular gravitational waves a billion years of travel distance to reach our ears on Earth. Talk about a blast from the past! And guess, what, these gravitational waves carry information about their origins and about the nature of gravity that cannot be otherwise obtained!
This first discovery is just the beginning, not the end, marking the birth of gravitational wave astronomy, a new tool for understanding the cosmos. Now astronomers can not only see the past with their eyes – they can hear the past, too. Carl Sagan and Albert Einstein would be thrilled!
GRAVITY DISCOVERY CENTRE
With the breakthrough discovery in gravitational waves recently, there is no greater time than now to learn more about gravity, space, astronomy, time and physics at The Gravity Discovery Centre, a fun and hands-on science education centre located an hour’s north of Perth. It’s a great set up for kids, adults, seniors and tourists!
GDC is the premier centre in Western Australia for Physics and Astronomy, and the only centre in Australia with a focus on Gravity and Cosmology. It’s also home to the locally famous 13 storey high ‘Leaning Tower of Gingin’ and Gingin Observatory.
If you have many questions about black holes, gravity or anything else – you’ll be able to find out many of the answers through their interactive displays for yourself. They also conduct Astronomy night tours for those who want to learn more about the stars and other galaxies beyond with help from their various high calibre telescopes.
MY INVITATION TO VISIT
After publishing my article Astronomy & Stargazing in Western Australia: Your Ultimate Guide a few weeks ago, the Gravity Discovery Centre kindly invited me to visit their centre and join in on their Saturday night Astronomy night tour.
I had a great time exploring GDC – the friendly (and passionate) volunteers, the panoramic views of the bush landscape from the high tower, the majestic WA nightsky, the astronomers sense of humour, the exhibit displays you can play with – it’s a fun group activity to do with family and friends that will keep you entertained the whole time.
Take a look at my fun adventure at Gravity Discovery Centre below!
ARRIVING TO GRAVITY DISCOVERY CENTRE
INTERACTIVE OUTDOOR DISPLAYS
THE LEANING TOWER OF GINGIN
Learn more about #Gravity, #Astronomy & #Physics at the #GravityDiscoveryCentre in Gingin, #Perth! – Here I am, dropping water balloons with different masses from their 13 storey high, 15-degree inclined tower. Why? To replicate the same ancient gravity experiment Galileo did 440 years ago off the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Question: Does the mass of an object affect its acceleration due to gravity? Can a heavier object fall at the same rate as a lighter object? bang! What do you think? #Physics #Galileo #perthgirl #perthisok #perthlife #science #westernaustralia
WESTERN AUSTRALIAN VIEWS & BUSHWALK ACTIVITY
THE COSMOLOGY GALLERY
THE STARGAZERS CAFE + SOUVENIR SHOP
THE DISCOVERY GALLERY
GROUP ASTRONOMY TOURS
Support Science and stay curious! I hope I have inspired you to check out GDC next time you’re in the area of Gingin. Alternatively, you could make a long weekend out of it and also visit other popular tourist hotspots Moore River and Yanchep National Park. There’s accommodation available in the area. Give it a Google search.
OPENING HOURS & PRICES:
Gravity Discovery Centre: 10am to 4pm Tuesday to Sunday
Gravity Observatory Night Tour: 7:30pm to 9pm Friday & Saturday
|Concession & Child||$28.00|
|family and group discounts available|
Phone: 08 9575 7577
- Opening Hours & Admission Prices: www,gravitycentre.com.au/admission-and-opening-hours
- Website: www.gravitycentre.com.au
- Facebook: www.facebook.comGravityDiscoveryCentre
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/gravitytower
IMPORTANT TO KNOW
I will take this opportunity to clear up confusion between the Gingin Observatory business name and Gravity Discovery Centre in Gingin.
‘Gingin Observatory’ relocated to the suburb of Toodyay in 2001 but is still operating under the ‘Gingin Observatory’ brand name (their website and other details have not been altered yet). They are privately owned and have two telescopes in a garden setting with volunteer astronomers who sometimes bring additional one or two scopes. There are talks they will be changing their brand name soon, as its caused a great deal of confusion for people who drove an hour in the wrong direction to the wrong observatory.
Gravity Discovery Centre is the true Gingin observatory business operating in the Gingin region, so please make sure to type in ‘Gravity Discovery Centre’ into your Google Maps. It’s street is off Wanneroo Road.
Astronomy Education Services
AES is a Western Australian company dedicated to delivering a professional, up-to-date and entertaining public outreach and education service in the science of Astronomy. It’s owned and operated by Richard Tonello, manager and astronomer at Gravity Discovery Centre in Gingin.
With 14 years experience in astronomy (six of which was working for the Perth Observatory) his company caters for schools, scout groups, church groups, civic groups, social clubs, rural tele-centres and communities, tourist operators and corporate functions. For enquiries and bookings, contact Richard below: