SRAP visits Siding Spring Observatory

SRAP organized a very special visit to Siding Spring Observatory (Coonabarabran, NSW) during the weekend of Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd April. This visit was coordinated by our member, astrophysicist Ángel López-Sánchez (Australian Astronomical Observatory / Macquarie University). The 32 participants didn’t only visit the telescopes (the largest optical telescopes in Australia) and other science facilities on site, they also stayed at night at the new ANU Lodge at the Observatory (the very first time something like that is done) and enjoyed the observation of the night sky using amateur telescopes and astrophotography. SRAP participants also had the opportunity of seeing how professional astrophysicists work at night. All together with a special BBQ for dinner and fantastic and relaxing atmosphere! We all enjoyed the visit a lot, that we hope to repeat in 2019.

Some photos of the visit:

Credit of all the photos: Ángel R. López-Sánchez (AAO/MQU).

This photo of the Moon was obtained by some of the participants, each one took several of the individual frames that have been used to get this high-quality image of the Moon.


About Angel.Lopez-Sanchez

I am a Spanish astrophysicist working at the Australian Astronomical Observatory (AAO) and the Department of Physics and Astronomy of the Macquarie University (MQ) in Sydney (Australia). My research is focused in the analysis of star formation phenomena in galaxies of the Local Universe, especially in dwarf starbursts and spiral galaxies. I’m using a multiwavelength approach and hence I combine ultraviolet, optical, infrared, and radio data to characterize the physical and chemical properties of galaxies and get a better understanding of the physical processes than govern their nature and evolution.