Learn about the Cosmos with our 3D Astrotour theatre, view planets & stars with our modern & historical telescopes.
To book a visit, contact our Science Officer, on 61 3 5332 7526, all viewing times need to be booked.
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The Third Rock Cafe is open from 4pm – 7pm Tuesday – Saturday.
Reservations can be taken for any night .
Our Science Shop is open 4pm -7pm Tuesday – Saturday and later on booked days/nights.
Sun – Mon the Observatory is closed unless there is a pre – arranged booking
or special event on.
For help in planning your visit, refer to the Diary of Phenomena below and the Frequently Asked Questions.
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From the MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope at ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile shows two contrasting galaxies: NGC 1316, and its smaller neighbour NGC 1317. These two are quite close to each other in space, but they have very different histories. The small spiral NGC 1317 has led an uneventful life, but NGC 1316 has engulfed several other galaxies in its violent history and shows the battle scars.
What’s on at the Observatory
Diary of Astronomical Phenomena
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