July 27 – Dubbo

Today we transferred by ground to Dubbo (long bus ride). Diana and Flick arranged for us to visit the Dubbo Observatory, so the students got a brief introduction to the Southern Sky and saw Saturn’s rings.

4 responses to “July 27 – Dubbo

  1. It was a long bus ride but it was really cool that we were able to go to the observatory there. They showed us some videos that were a little old but explained some interesting facts about the solar system and universe. The view at night out there is awesome. They showed us some constellations and i really enjoyed looking at Saturn!

  2. Have you seen The Southern Cross?

    • Susan! Yes, we have seen the Southern Cross many times. It is very comparable to Michigan’s Big Dipper. What’s unique is you can see the Southern Cross even in large cities like Sydney. When we spent time in the outback the constellations were breathtaking. It was funny because the Southern Cross is about the only constellation you can see when you are in the big city. There are two stars leading into the Southern Cross, Rigil Kentaurus and Hadar. One night we visited an observatory in Dubbo where they gave us a breakdown of the constellations. One of our group members Daniel Morgan knew more than the people instructing us. After about a half an hour Dan was showing the instructors new constellations & nebulas they hadn’t even heard of!!! As I mentioned before Rigil Kentaurus leads into the Southern Cross. It is a binary star (actually two small stars side by side, but to the naked eye they appear as if they were one). Rigil Kentaurus is the second closest star to the earth at about 4 light years away. The night sky was incredibile and when you look directly up, you are actually looking into the center of the universe. It was an incredible experience and the sky in the southern hemisphere was definitely something everyone should see!

  3. Yes we have seen the Southern Cross, as well as many other constellations. The nights here are spectacular because of how many stars are visable here. We also get to see many stars that we will never see in the Nothern Hemisophere.

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