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5th of March 2018
Marsfield wildlife
Wildlife is not uncommon at the CASS observatory sites, as documented in previous previous ADAPs, including a bungarra at the MRO, kangaroos, more kangaroos, and a wild boar at the Compact Array. However, staff at CASS's Sydney headquarters were surprised to find an echidna on site last week! With its snout (to the left) buried in an ant nest (and its tail to the right), the echidna was too preoccupied to pose for a photo.

This being the ATNF Daily Astronomy Picture, it's perhaps necessary to note a couple of astronomical connections: Echidna was the name give to the AAO's fibre-positioner component of the Fibre Multi Object Spectrograph (FMOS) instrument built for the Subaru telescope, and is also the name of the satellite, discovered in 2006 by the Hubble Space Telescope, orbiting the asteroid 42355 Typhon!

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