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The Oddie telescope was destroyed in the 2003 bushfires, but a plan is afoot to rebuild it.

The 2003 bushfires that devastated Canberra's western suburbs had a monumental impact on the ANU's Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics' Mt Stromlo observatory.
Buildings that were monuments to Australia's scientific stargazing were razed: all five telescopes and many related buildings were all but destroyed in the flames.
Since the fire building have been replaced and facilities recommissioned, but the increase in Canberra's light pollution means that the site will never provide astronomers with the dark nights it once did.

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Five decades of space exploration has left the Earth's orbit resembling a graveyard of debris, with each piece of astronautical history posing a potential threat to satellites.
But EOS Space Systems, from its tracking station on Mount Stromlo, is leading the way with laser technology that can track both satellites and space junk to within metres and, eventually, push the orbiting junk out of harm's way.

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Amid talk of a rebirth from the ashes, astronomers at Mount Stromlo in Canberra have launched a powerful new telescope which they say will help them make countless new discoveries.
The SkyMapper telescope is a replacement for the five telescopes lost when bushfires ripped through the Mount Stromlo Observatory in January 2003.

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The Australian National University's Mt Stromlo Observatory reopened yesterday, four years after the Canberra bushfires left nothing but the building's facade standing.
Federal Minister for Finance Nick Minchin and ANU vice-chancellor Ian Chubb officially reopened the new facility which was rebuilt by architects specialising in heritage restoration.
The building incorporates elements of the old, such as the column of the former East Solar telescope, which was built into the new library, and features a new common room with floor-to-ceiling glass.

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The (then) 48" telescope at the Old Melbourne Observatory last Century was relocated to Mount Stromlo Observatory in 1945 and extensively modified. Complete refurbishment after 1990 enabled the 50" telescope (along with highly sophisticated CCD camera equipment and software) to be an integral part of the search for Massive Compact Halo Objects (MACHO's)


Stromlo Observatory, Canberra, ACT: 35 19'11.73"S, 149 0'30.21"E

Great Melbourne Telescope was unfortunately destroyed with other Telescopes during the bush fires of January 2003


View of the Stromolo Observatory Herald Sun


The Advanced Instrumentation and Technology Centre, which will replace the workshops destroyed in the fires of January 2003, will offer expanded design, manufacturing and testing capabilities for precision optical instruments, opportunities for higher degree student participation in technical projects, and a research and development program focusing on Extremely Large Telescopes.

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The Mount Stromlo Visitors Centre is open 10am-5pm Wednesday to Sunday (closed Christmas Day).
During opening hours, The Southern Lights Theatre repeatedly screens a short audio-visual documentary about the RSAA and its research work.


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