Imagine if your teacher looked like Gandalf from Space and explained everything about the Universe in the simplest way possible. Meet Greg Quicke, the “bush astronomer” (aka #SpaceGandalf).

Greg Quicke has been pointing his eyes and telescopes at Broome’s (Western Australia) night skies since 1982, making the most of Kimberley’s 300 clear nights a year.

For astronomer Greg Quicke, sleeping under the stars in the Kimberley was a powerful moment that shifted his understanding of the turning of the earth from an intellectual theory to reality in his life.
Previously a pearl diver and a mechanic, “Space Gandalf” today teaches theory-free “intensely practical” astronomy in Broome, triggering deep insights and revelations among the people who take his classes.
For Greg, his work is less about the stars themselves, and more about what we can learn from them. And in a crowded, disrupted world, the lesson the planets teach us is that everything, quite simply, is on track. “They’re all in the right place, so that must mean that we are too.”
A Broome local, Greg believes his hometown is like nowhere else in Australia. “Everything that happens here in Broome seems to be bigger. The tides are bigger. The colors are bigger. The barramundi is bigger. It’s almost like people’s hearts are bigger in Broome too.”
And his advice for people who want to learn more about our universe? “Just take yourself under the stars and look.”
Looking to delve deeper into the Broome region? Why not follow the Ardi Cultural Drive, which explores the Bardi and Nyul Nyul country of the Dampier Peninsula.

In today’s world, many people are scared that science is too hard or too boring. Greg Quicke used to be a university science student himself until he quit his degree to go live in the wild. And after 100 days in the wild, sleeping underneath the stars, 1- he started to look like Gandalf (a fictional character and one of the protagonists in J. R. R. Tolkien’s novels The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings), and 2- he noticed stars shifting while he was sleeping. And that’s when he knew there is something magical about the Universe.

He bought a couple of astronomy books and a binocular and taught himself. Whatever he learned he taught others. But this time only using language that everybody understands.

He was so easy to understand that in 23 years he taught more than 100,000 people about the universe, and inspired many to become scientists themselves.

Greg Quicke is an example that science does not have to be hard or boring. It just has to be taught well.

“Giving people a living, breathing, conscious experience of being on a planet that is turning as it hurtles through space is our most profound task with Astro Tours! With this experience comes an ability to see thing for what they really are, to see yourself in relation to the whole and to know that everything is on track. So relax, have fun and enjoy the ride.” ~Greg Quicke

The Facebook page of Greg Quicke’s Astro Tours
Greg Quicke’s Astro Tours official webpage

Join Broome’s astronomer, Greg Quicke, for an evening of gazing in amazement at one of the clearest night skies on Earth.
Greg has been pointing his eyes and telescopes at Broome’s night skies since 1982, making the most of Kimberley’s 300 clear nights a year. Here, where the Milky Way arches right across from horizon to horizon, Greg tunes people into watching and feeling our planet Earth turning around our Sun.
Greg Quicke
Greg Quicke is an example that science does not have to be hard or boring. It just has to be taught well.
M. Özgür Nevres

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