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Photograph - eight-inch transit telescope, Melbourne Observatory, c1890

This is a black-and-white photograph showing the eight-inch transit telescope erected in the East Transit Room at Melbourne Observatory.

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The biggest radio telescope in the world

In the past, astronomers explored the universe with their eyes and optical telescopes, but what they could see was limited. Find out how radio telescopes have revolutionised the way astronomers 'see' the universe, allowing us to explore deeper into space than ever before.Watch this clip to learn about Australia's contribution ...

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Australia's deep space research

Did you know that Australia is home to one of the three NASA Deep Space Network facilities? Watch this clip to find out about some of the ground-breaking research on the solar system being undertaken at the Tidbinbilla facility. Discover why Australia was chosen to participate in the Deep Space Network (DSN).


South celestial pole and the Anglo-Australian Telescope

This is an unguided south-facing long-exposure colour photograph of star trails at night, taken from the site of the Anglo-Australian Telescope (AAT). A background of uninterrupted narrow concentric arcs of light of unequal length and brightness proclaim an imaginary centre above the local horizon. Most trails appear white, ...


Parkes Observatory during Moonwalk, 1969

This is a black-and-white photograph of Australian and American scientists at Australia's National Radio Astronomy Observatory at Parkes, New South Wales, during the Apollo 11 Moon landing in July 1969. Four men are grouped in front of a bank of instruments and dials. From front to back are Wilson Hunter, National Aeronautics ...


'Canberra the capital', 1950 - asset 1

This is a clip from an Australian colour documentary about Canberra, Australia's capital city, filmed in 1950. It shows footage of the Mount Stromlo Observatory, located 20 km west of the city. The observation dome housing the largest telescope, a reflecting telescope with a mirror 1.87 m in diameter, is featured. Two astronomers ...


Photograph - Great Melbourne Telescope, c1870

This is a black-and-white photograph showing the Great Melbourne Telescope at Melbourne Observatory, 1870s-1880s.