How 40,000 Australians stared at the moon to set the Guinness world record for stargazing
Stargazing is quite a rarity and the lack of open skies has made it difficult for people enjoy the beauty of the night sky. However, Australians decided they need to do something about it and have set the world record for most number of people stargazing at a time anywhere in the world.
The Australian National University brought together 40,000 stargazing enthusiasts to all look at the moon the same time across locations for 10 minutes. The university counted 3,500 viewers at its telescope and the others were in other parts of the country. While the effort was massive, the Guinness World Record officials were unable to confirm the exact numbers for the official record confirmation.
The previous Guinness record for the same kind of event was set in 2015 which had nearly 8,000 participants at 37 locations across Australia. Interestingly, the stargazing event is an attempt to encourage people to be citizen scientists.