In 2008 I was invited to spend a fortnight at the Australian National Telescope Facility’s Narrabri base, to observe and record the activities there. At Narrabri are six radio antennae on a giant criss-crossed rail-line, able to change position, in order to form a ‘trianglular beam’ along with the Parkes Radio Telescope and another smaller telescope at Mopra near Coonabarabran. I was given complete freedom to wander everywhere (tricycle provided!) and watched the scientists and engineers at work as well as the wildlife and the various elements of the built environment scattered around the site.

Spectacular by day or night

The radio telescope array, Australia Telescope National Facility, 2008.

The radio telescope array, Australia Telescope National Facility, 2008

Skytrackers Dreaming - the antennae and the tree reach for the sky.

Skytrackers Dreaming – the antennae and the tree reach for the sky

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