Star gazers form a line

Tuesday, 11th July, 2017

A mobile observatory equipped with computerised telescopes for solar viewing and night time astronomy. PICTURE: Supplied A mobile observatory equipped with computerised telescopes for solar viewing and night time astronomy. PICTURE: Supplied

By Michael Murphy

Broken Hillites will be able to check out the finer details of distant planets when a mobile astronomical observatory rolls into town next month.

The mobile stargazer is the brainchild of Dr Muhammad Akbar Hussain who designed and bankrolled the project to bring powerful telescopes to the people.

The doctor will lob at the racecourse on August 17 from 1.30pm as a special free event for National Science Week.

During the day, a special telescope will be set up so people can check out the features of the Sun.

They’ll take a break about 4.30pm and change equipment to ready the mini-platform for nightime viewing from 6.30pm.

“You’ll be able to see the rings of Saturn and the moons of Jupiter,” Dr Hussein said.

“And if we have time after that, we will be able to see some star clusters outside of our galaxy that are quite attractive.”