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Murchison Astro Tourism

Story: Murchison Astro Tourism
Episode 11
Presenter: Chrissy Morrissy
Air Date: 14th May

Chrissy explores the expanding nebula with Murchison’s Astro Tourism sector as they set up in one of the most beautiful outback locations for stargazing in the world.

  • With over 50 thousand square kilometres in the Shire of Murchison, the sheer remoteness of the Murchison Settlement makes it amazing for stargazing.
  • Murchison Settlements low population makes for minimal light pollution, further aiding its unique position not only for stargazing, but for astro-studies and observation.
  • Murchison Settlement has been selected globally to host a component of the SKAO (Square Kilometre Array) - cutting edge radio telescopes to transform our understanding of the Universe and deliver benefits to society.
  • For budding stargazers, you don’t even need a telescope to go stargazing. Pack warm clothes and a beanie to deal with the cold, a picnic, a thermos of hot chocolate and you’re all set for the stars.
  • A pair of binoculars is a great way to explore a little deeper. Things to watch out for when stargazing include satellites and shooting stars, or meteors (which look like a brief flash across the night sky.) Also remember to look for the Southern Cross and the Magnellanic Clouds (Two satellite galaxies in our Milky Way Neighbourhood that look like two small faint clouds in the southern sky, which can be seen with the naked eye.

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