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Mount Stromlo and Siding Spring Observatories


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Two observatories owned and operated by the Australian National University, Canberra. Mount Stromlo Observatory, founded in 1924 as a solar observatory, lies 11 km west of Canberra at an altitude of 770 m. In 2003 January, fire damaged much of the observatory and its historic telescopes. As a replacement, a new robotically controlled 1.35-m wide-field survey telescope called SkyMapper was opened in 2010. SkyMapper is located at Siding Spring Observatory but controlled from Mt Stromlo. Siding Spring Observatory was founded in 1962 as a field station of Mount Stromlo.

http://www.mso.anu.edu.au/about_us/msopage.php Official observatory website.

Subjects: Astronomy and Astrophysics.


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