Australian Astronomical Observatory Coonabarabran

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Australian Astronomical Observatory
Siding Spring Observatory
Tel: 02 6842 2266

Where are we going today?

The Australian Astronomical Observatory (AAO) provides world-class optical and infrared observing facilities enabling Australian astronomers to do excellent science. The AAO is a world leader in astronomical research and in the development of innovative telescope instrumentation. Its function is to provide world-class observing facilities for Australian optical astronomers.

There is a visitors' gallery and exhibition area open to the public which also incorporates a cafe and souvenir shop. During NSW school holidays, guided tours of the site are offered. Groups of over 15 adults may apply for Behind the Scenes walking or bus tours.

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When can we go?

Monday to Friday from 9.30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and weekends and public holidays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Th

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An Open Day is held annually on the second Sunday in October, where visitors may meet astronomers, see inside a number of the telescopes which are open to the public on this one day of the year..

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