Thousands Gathered To Look At The Stars, But Was The World Record Broken?

Participants are confident they eclipsed the last record.

What you need to know
  • Thousands turned out to break a Guinness World Record on Wednesday evening
  • First, officials need to verify how many people were actually there, whether they saw the moon, and whether they were "paying attention"
  • The last record was set in 2015, and participants are confident they've smashed it

Thousands of people gathered around the country on Wednesday evening, hoping to break the world record for the most people stargazing at the same time.

For 10 minutes, cosmos enthusiasts gazed through their telescopes in unison as they looked towards the sky. To be counted as an official world record, participants had to get a look at the moon.

The last record was set in 2015, when 7,960 people from 37 different locations gazed at the stars simultaneously.

Thirty-thousand people were expected to turn out on Wednesday from more than 280 locations to smash the record.

So, was the record broken? Well, no one knows, just yet.

The result of the attempt cannot be declared until Thursday evening because Guinness World Record officials have to confirm a few things.

These include: how many people were there, how many people were able to get a glimpse of the moon and if those people were paying attention when looking at the stars.

Participants are confident they managed to beat the current record, as there was a registered viewing party in every state and territory.

There were 5000 people at the Australian National University, 2000 at Sydney University and a further 5000 rocked up at Brisbane Roma Street Parklands with Dr Karl Kruszelnicki.

All there's left to do now is wait and see, but with numbers like that it's sure to be a total eclipse.