Chief Minister Gallagher has been celebrating the centenary of astronomy on Mt Stromlo:
Ms Gallagher unveiled the Oddie II telescope after it arrived at the centenary celebrations on a vintage truck.
“The centenary of Mr Stromlo Observatory is a special event, recognising 100 years of solar observation and the role this site has played in Canberra,” the Chief Minister said.
The Oddie telescope first looked to the skies in September 1911 after the Commonwealth was persuaded Australia needed an observatory in Canberra. The telescope was named after James Oddie of Ballarat, who donated the nine inch refracting telescope and Mt Stomlo was established as the Australian site for solar observing.