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Western Australia's oldest observatory is located 25km east of Perth in Bickley. The Observatory has served the state of WA for 118 years and remains actively involved in the service of public education. In recognition of its scientific, cultural and historical significance, the Observatory was entered on the state's Heritage Register in 2005. The Perth Observatory is part of the Department of Parks and Wildlife.  
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Night Sky Blog: 14 October 2014
A sure sign that the year is well advanced is that the Southern Cross is getting lower and lower in the SSW in the early evening. If you’re in a bright area you may have difficulty locating the Cross in the murk above the southern horizon. Look instead for the Pointers, two bright stars placed one above the other in the SW sky. The upper, brighter one is Alpha Centauri – it’s the nearest star you can see at night. The stars we regard as summertime stars are coming into view in the late evening. For example, the Pleiades (Seven Sisters) star cluster is low in the NE sky at 11pm. They look good in binoculars. At the same time the triangle-shaped star group called the Hyades is coming up, well to the right of the Pleiades. It's a similar star cluster, an "open" cluster, but much closer than the Pleiades (150 light years as against 440) with the result that the stars seem much more spread out. The Hyades is also a good binocular target. The waning moon reaches last quarter phase early Thursday morning at 3:12am. Jupiter is the bright morning planet, rising in the ENE at about 3:15am and standing out in the NE sky at daybreak.
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Find out what you might see on a night tour with our online tours calendar for 2013-14. Includes starting times for tours as well. A great tool to help you plan your visit.
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Significant astronomical events are included in our online astronomical events calendar. A handy reference tool to help you understand the wonders of the night sky.
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Find out the rise and set times for the Sun, Moon and twilight for Western Australia until the year 2026. A useful reference tool:
online solar, lunar and twilight calendar.
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