Stars trail around the south celestial pole in this 6-hour exposure photograph on film. The foreground is the Siding Spring Observatory near Coonabarabran, Australia. The observatory includes the famous 3.9 meters Anglo-Australian Telescope which is inside the dome shown in this image. The observatory is situated on Mount Woorat also known as Siding Spring Mountain surrounded by Warrumbungle National Park. There are currently a dozen telescopes on this site.



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  • Graham Cliff Reply

    I bought the David Malin version of this when I visited the AAT in 1990 whilst working at Sydney U with the late David Cockayne, Clive Nockolds and Eric Kaplan. Nice part of the world siding Springs and Coona barbran and the Wurrumbunges were just fantastic. The night sky was even better.

    March 13, 2011 at 11:38 am
  • Jenni Reply

    Hi how is it in a round circle from where it is? Shouldn’t it be straight lines? We aren’t that close to the south pole?

    February 26, 2016 at 3:15 pm

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