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Reproduction of telescope presented by Galileo in 1609

This reproduction of Galileo's gold-decorated presentation telescope was made by the Massachusetts company of Antiques of Science and Technology in 2009. Created from leather, glass and more than 100 pieces of wood, it very precisely replicates the dimensions and materials of the original. The objective lens of the replica ...

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The biggest radio telescope in the world

In the past, astronomers explored the universe with their eyes and optical telescopes, but what they could see was limited. Find out how radio telescopes have revolutionised the way astronomers 'see' the universe, allowing us to explore deeper into space than ever before.Watch this clip to learn about Australia's contribution ...

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Square Kilometre Array (SKA), 2011

Find out about Australia's super science project - the Square Kilometre Array (SKA). Listen to astronomy experts discuss Australia's bid to be the home of the world's first SKA (telescope). See the telescope Australian scientists built to demonstrate their technological capabilities and help secure the bid. Find out what ...

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SKA to help unlock the secrets of the universe

Radio astronomy is on the verge of developing groundbreaking technology that will allow scientists to see into the furthest reaches of the universe. The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) will be the most powerful radio telescope ever built. See how it has been designed and the developments that have been made so far.

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Biography: Federation people: Charles Todd

Investigate the role played in Federation by astronomer and engineer Charles Todd and his Overland Telegraph. Examine two different types of biographies of Todd: one short and the other more detailed. Inspect examples of how he was visually depicted in his time. This learning object is one in a series of objects in the ...

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The Great Samrat yantra, Jaipur, India

This is a colour photograph, taken facing north-east, of the Great Samrat yantra ('supreme instrument'), one of the masonry instruments comprising the Jantar Mantar astronomical observatory in Jaipur, India. The instrument functions as a sundial - the sloping wall on the right is aligned precisely north-south so that it ...

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Small Samrat yantra, Jaipur, India

This is a colour photograph, taken facing west, of the small Samrat yantra ('supreme instrument'), one of the masonry instruments comprising the Jantar Mantar astronomical observatory in Jaipur, India. The instrument functions as a sundial - the wall, with its two slopes, is aligned precisely north-south so that it casts ...

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Jaya Prakasa yantra, Jaipur, India

These are two colour photographs showing the two sunken hemispheres comprising the Jaya Prakasa yantra, a masonry instrument that is part of the Jantar Mantar astronomical observatory in Jaipur, India. The bottom photograph, taken facing roughly northwards, shows both of the bowls, with several other instruments visible ...

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Nadivalaya yantra, Jaipur, India

This is a colour photograph, taken facing east, of the Nadivalaya yantra, one of the masonry instruments comprising the Jantar Mantar astronomical observatory in Jaipur, India. The instrument functions as a sundial with two faces, one directed north, the other south. In this image, only the southern face is visible. The ...

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Rama yantra, Jaipur, India

This is a colour photograph of the two structures comprising the Rama yantra, one of the masonry instruments of the Jantar Mantar astronomical observatory in Jaipur, India. Each structure consists of a cylindrical arrangement of columns joined at the top by a horizontal ring. A flight of stairs attached to each building ...

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Pallbearers carrying a coffin, 1929

This is a black-and-white photograph of seven pallbearers carrying the coffin of Dr Walter Geoffrey Duffield to his gravesite on Mt Stromlo, overlooking Canberra.

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'Canberra the capital', 1950 - asset 1

This is a clip from an Australian colour documentary about Canberra, Australia's capital city, filmed in 1950. It shows footage of the Mount Stromlo Observatory, located 20 km west of the city. The observation dome housing the largest telescope, a reflecting telescope with a mirror 1.87 m in diameter, is featured. Two astronomers ...

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Sir Thomas Brisbane, 1825

This is an oil painting of Sir Thomas Brisbane, painted in 1825 by Augustus Earle when Brisbane was governor of the colony of New South Wales, showing him wearing a black ceremonial coat decorated with ornate gold embroidery. He is standing alongside a table on which are books and an open document. Around his neck is a ...

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Our universe

This is a unit of work designed to help students investigate how evidence was gathered and used by scientists to support the Big Bang theory and discount other theories. Students examine how new technologies have enabled scientists to observe and gather data about the universe to explain its fate. An additional information ...

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Sites2See: Astronomy for primary

A small galaxy of sites and resources, from Galileo making discoveries that changed our view of the universe, to new images and understandings from Hubble, on a page tailored for Primary students.

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Light sound action: student guide

This is a student guide that explores many aspects of light, sound and electricity including how they are each transmitted and their contribution to modern societies, as well as material on the wave and particle models. This resource is divided into different parts with each containing information, images and diagrams, ...

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Light sound action: student digital

This is a student digital resource that contains interactive materials relevant to a study of light, sound, and electricity. This resource contains a rich array of digital interactive activities, simulations, video clips, supportive information and notebook questions, and is divided into several parts including sections ...

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Light sound action: teacher guide

This is a teacher guide containing material to support the planning and implementing of lessons for a unit on the science of light, sound and electricity. It covers topics such as the wave and particle models, how light and sound are transmitted, and electromagnetic radiation and its uses in modern society; and includes ...

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Solar system and space exploration

Visit the planets in our solar system. Explore space, check out the size of Mercury and Neptune, seek out life on other planets and walk on the moon!

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Our sun has a sibling!

Astronomers have found one of our sun's siblings! Could this star system have planets, like our solar system, and be another home for life? Watch this clip and find out how scientists made this discovery. What is our sun's sibling like? How many other siblings could there be? What is panspermia? And how do stars form in ...