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Mount Stromlo Observatory

Evening visits

A typical evening visit starts with a welcome by professional astronomers followed by a behind-the-scenes tour of our research buildings. The tour includes:

  • Viewing the labs where instruments for the Giant Magellan Telescope are being built.
  • Our Laser Space Debris Telescope.
  • Professor Brian Schmidt’s Nobel Prize.  
  • The opportunity to touch a 250 kg meteorite.

The visit then continues with a stargazing session using Mount Stromlo’s outreach telescopes (weather dependent) and a Q&A session with our astronomers. Depending on visit duration, students may also participate in hands-on activities in the Visitor Centre.

Daytime visits

We also offer educational group visits during the day. A typical daytime visit takes students on a tour around the site, showing them research buildings and telescope domes, while explaining the science done at Mount Stromlo over the past 100 years.

On the tour, we also talk about current science projects and our future plans. The tour may include similar elements to the night-time experience, and ends with the opportunity for students to ask our astronomers all their burning questions about space. Depending on visit duration, students may also participate in hands-on activities in the Visitor Centre.