Siding Spring Observatory
Panorama of Siding Spring Observatory in the Warrumbungles near Coonabarabran, New South Wales, Australia. The Research School of Astronomy of the Australian National University operates its optical and infrared telescopes at the Siding SPring Observatory. The site maintains very informative displays about astronomy and a visitor information centre. The surrounding bushland shows the typical new growth from the trunks of eucalypt trees after a huge bushfire that threatened the observatory in January 2013.
Copyright: Klaus Mayer
Type: Spherical
Resolution: 7000x3500
Taken: 02/03/2014
Uploaded: 05/08/2014
Updated: 19/08/2014


Tags: observatory; siding spring; new south wales; australia; coonabarabran
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