• LOCATION 3 | Virtual Solar System Drive: From Narrabri to Siding Spring with Fred Watson

    Australian Compact Array

    Keep going straight.

    Whilst, not part of the Solar System Drive, you could add something extra to this 'out of space' trip and take a short detour to the Australian Compact Array Telescope, then come back and rejoin us later. It will take you roughly 20-minutes to reach the telescope from here. The free"self-guided" displays are open every day from 8.00 am to 4.00 pm, seven days a week.

    A telescope array is a group of telescopes that can be arranged to function similarly to one giant telescope. This allows astronomers to gather higher-quality information, generating high-resolution data with great sensitivity to faint signals. The ACA is the only array in the southern hemisphere capable of receiving signals one thousand times higher in frequency than your FM radio in your car!

    The 6 individually operated radio telescopes are on a rail track and can be moved as required. To make it even more powerful it can link with the famous 'Dish' telescope in Parkes, Tdibinbilla telescopes in Canberra and MOPRA telescope in Coonabarabran. We'll point it out on the way to Siding Spring Observatory.

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Virtual Solar System Drive: From Narrabri to Siding Spring with Fred Watson