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3rd of August 2022
The Astronomy Capital of Australia
Coonabarabran, a town of 3500 people in the central west of NSW, claims to be the astronomy capital of Australia, and as it is the closest town to the Siding Spring Observatory it is a reasonable call! At Siding Spring, the Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics of the Australian National University operates its research telescopes and hosts telescopes from institutions around the world including Japan, Korea, Poland, the UK and the USA. And CSIRO's 22m Mopra radio telescope is located between Coonabarabran and the Siding Spring Observatory. A number of businesses and buildings in Coonabarabran feature astronomically themed signs and information plaques, such as that shown above. M100 (the 100th object in Charles Messier's catalog of nebulae and star clusters) is a "grand design" spiral galaxy that is one of the largest and brightest galaxies in the Virgo Cluster.

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