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Check out the cosmos at Alloway Observatory

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Walking through the Alloway Observatory people will set their sights on what was once the largest scope in the southern hemisphere.

Alloway Observatory is the gateway to the galaxy for locals and it has now reopened for the community to check out the cosmos.

Alloway Observatory treasurer Mark Sugars said the cooler months of July through to October set perfect conditions for stargazing in the Bundaberg Region, and everyone was welcome to pop in for a Friday night visit.

Walking through the Alloway Observatory people will set their sights on what was once the largest scope in the southern hemisphere.

“It’s pretty unique as the whole lot was built by its members in the sixties,” Mark said.

“It was the largest scope in the southern hemisphere at the time. Which was pretty big and impressive for that time.”

Manned by volunteer astronomy enthusiasts, Mark said they were keen to have more members join, and everyone from beginners right through to the experienced astronomer was welcome.

“We are keen to have people with skills to help beginners, and share information about astronomy,” Mark said.

“Anyone who is a little bit interested can join; as beginners will get the most out of learning new things and older or experienced people can take leadership.”

Mark said the not-for-profit organisation was happy to be sharing their passion for the night sky again after the hiatus due to COVID-19.

“We will be open every Friday night, depending on the weather, from now until October,” Mark said.

“There will be an update on the Facebook page each Friday to notify if the observatory will be closed, so people should check there for information.”

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