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Photograph - Opening of Ballarat Observatory, Ballarat, Victoria, 1888 Image Reg. No: MM 040190

Crowd standing in front of the Ballarat Observatory, probably at its official opening on 2 March 1888.

The Ballarat Observatory was established by James Oddie in 1886, and Captain H. E. Baker appointed its first superintendent. Baker designed and built a 26 inch reflecting telescope, visible in the left of the photo. Both buildings were designed with roll-off roofs to facilitate use of the telescopes.

Photograph in a photograph album used at Melbourne Observatory, late 19th century. The photographs show the main Melbourne Observatory building, Great Melbourne Telescope, 8 inch transit telescope, recording equipment, observatories in other cities and countries, astronomers, astronomical photographs of sun and stars.
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Crowd standing in front of the Ballarat Observatory. Large reflecting telescope visible in observatory.
Discipline: Technology

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Tagged with: astronomy, flags, ladders, observatories, telescopes, ballarat, ballaarat
Themes this item is part of: Melbourne Observatory Collection, Science & Measurement Collection
Primary Classification: ASTRONOMY
Secondary Classification: Research
Tertiary Classification: telescopes
Format: Photograph: Black & White
Place & Date Depicted: Ballarat Observatory, Ballarat, Victoria, Australia, 2 Mar 1888


jade Posted on 08 Feb 2010 9:56 PM
hi there, we saw what looked like a ball of fire moving extremely quickly accross the sky on febuary 8th 2010 at about 9:30pm, it lasted about 10 seconds as it was moving so fast, it had no flashing light like a plane and was far far too big to be a shooting star, as it got further accross the sky it got smaller and smaller untill it just vanished, what could it have been?
Discovery Centre Posted on 09 Feb 2010 3:46 PM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi Jade - Our Planetarium staff have told us about the following website, which you can use to look up unexplained sightings. The site lists satellite passes, astronomical bodies, comets and the like. Have fun! http://www.heavens-above.com/

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