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Sydney Observatory is a museum about Australian astronomy and its history. The recently
restored building offers a daytime exhibition 'By the Light of the Southern Stars',
displays that recount the diverse history of the site and a popular programme of nighttime
The Observatory began life as a time-ball tower, where at one o'clock each day, a ball on top
of the tower would drop to signal the correct time to Sydney and the harbour. In the period
as a working observatory, Government Astronomer Henry Chamberlain Russell
took some of the first astronomical photographs in the world and involved Sydney in a project
to produce 'The Astrographic Catalogue' - the first completed atlas of the sky.
Visiting Sydney Observatory
Daytime Opening - 10.00am - 5.00 pm : Seven Days
General admission is free. Group visits are subject to a fee and must be booked in advance.
Nighttime Opening : Seven Days
Bookings are necessary for nighttime visits. The evening programme includes viewings through a
state-of-the-art 40cm mirror telescope (weather permitting).
Adults $10, Children $5, Members $3.
By the Light of the Southern Stars
Sydney Observatory is running an exhibition: 'By the Light of the Southern Stars'.
A series of connected displays cover subjects from the history of Astronomy through to
the latset developments in the field. Many exhibits feature interactive displays and
Highlights include the Transit Circle astronomical timepiece and the
'Cadi Eora birrung' display featuring a history of Aboriginal Astronomy.
Visit the Sydney Observatory web site for full information.
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