JUNGLE OF THE SKY #3

Third chapter on our jungles of the sky: the Narrabri Observatory. The Narrabri Observatory is located in Australia, in New South Wales, on the banks of the Namoï River, the cradle of the region’s aboriginal people. The observatory houses the Australia Telescope Compact Array (ATCA). 


 

 


 

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Five of the six antennae or saucers, each 22 m in diameter, are positioned on tracks so that it has been possible to direct them at will, to access almost the whole southern hemisphere, for the past 25 years, 365 days a year, 24 hours a day. All six work together as a single telescope and simulate one antenna with a diameter of six kilometers. The fact that they all work together means that they can see an even higher part of the sky with great detail. ATCA is the most advanced radio telescope in the southern hemisphere.

Narrabri can be accessed from Sydney by road, air, train or by bus. A 13-room lodge has been built to accommodate visitors.
More recently, it was these famous antennae that drew the group Daft Punk from that side of the globe, for the world première launch party for the album “Random Access Memories” at the Wee Waa Festival, located in the area near the observatory!