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Anglo Australian Telescope Sundial : July 2014
Anglo Australian Telescope Sundial : July 2014

Photographs supplied by Diane Watson / Peter F Williams

A sundial commemorates 35 years of the Anglo-Australian Telescope.

The Anglo-Australian Telescope (AAT) is a 3.9 metre equatorially mounted telescope operated by the Australian Astronomical Observatory and situated at the Siding Spring Observatory, near Coonabarabran at an altitude of a little over 1100 metres.  The telescope is ranked 5th out of the world's optical telescopes and is considered the most scientifically productive optical telescope in the world.

The telescope was commissioned in 1974 with a view to allowing high quality observations of the sky from the southern hemisphere, as in the 1970`s most major telescopes were located in the north. It is jointly funded by Australia and the United Kingdom, with observing time made available to astronomers worldwide.



Address:Dalgarno Street, Coonabarabran, 2357
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -31.273486
Long: 149.277522
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Technology
Actual Event STart Date:1974
Actual Event End Date:2009


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Friday 16th October, 2009
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This armillery sphere sundial was presented to the Shire of Warrumbungle by the Anglo-Australian Observatory to celebrate 35 years of the Anglo-Australian telescope.

16th October 2009

Source: MA
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au
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