#AstroAtStromlo Barely surviving winter? ❄️☃️ Don’t worry, spring’s 🌞🌱 just around the corner so to get you in the mood here’s a photo of our 74-inch dome under the Milky Way taken during a beautiful spring evening. 🌌🌠If you notice the faint, triangular light elongating from the horizon, that’s the Zodiacal light produced by sunlight reflecting off dust particles in the Solar System. Spring is the best season to observe this phenomenon during the evening！📸📸🔭🔭 *
Many thanks to @DilyarBarat_Images for sharing this spectacular photo. Dilyar is a PhD student at Mt Stromlo, as well as an excellent amateur astrophotographer!
Mount Stromlo Observatory is now recognised as a site of International Engineering Significance by Engineers Australia! 🇦🇺🇦🇺Thank you to the Hon. Trish White, President of Engineers Australia, and ANU Vice-Chancellor Professor Brian Schmidt AC for joining us in celebration!🎉🎉
This international recognition marks the significant engineering achievements of the Observatory since it was established as the Commonwealth Solar Observatory in 1924. The tradition of world-class engineering continues through the Advanced Instrumentation and Technology Centre, where many exciting space instrumentation projects are currently being worked on!📡📡
Congratulations to all the engineers, astronomers, technicians, and countless others who have worked over the past century to make the Observatory what it is today!👏🏻👏🏻🔭🔭
Finally got to observe outer space using real telescopes! Saw Saturn and its ring, also Jupiter and its four moons. And Scorpio too! Too dark for my phone camera to capture images, but the sky was beautiful today. A lil bit cloudy, but the moon was bright and I could easily see Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn by naked eyes. Stargazing in the Southern hemisphere is wonderful 🌟🌌🌖
Also, saw the largest “wombat”, touched the 250 kg fragment of solid iron meteorites, and stepped inside the observatory dome. It’s very fascinating here, I’ll certainly be back.
I’ve been to many weddings, but this was a first: the ceremony being painted as it happened, and later, the reception in progress. @artist_hayleyboyle is incredibly talented and you should absolutely contact her about wedding art! Featuring @mcontraire
We spent the day doing chores and shopping in the morning then the rest of the day at Mount Stromlo Observatory, high above the Capital's Western border.
The firestorm that destroyed many of the historic telescopes and buildings in 2003, started way over in the mountains from lightning strikes creating four fires which joined together becoming a massive unstoppable raging fire. After destroying the observatory's prize telescopes and many historic buildings it slammed at hurricane force into the capital's Western suburbs taking four lives, injury 490 others and destroying 470 homes.
Today's beautiful Autumn weather and views are a stark contrast to those four days in late January 2003.... but everyone remembers.
Nature is devastatingly beautiful but she has a dark side which reminds us who's actually in charge of this planet.