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3 mins read 10 Mar 2020

Backyard Telescopes Gearing up for First Light

Our community of backyard and school telescope builders are advancing with their DIY radio telescopes – soon to see first light from the Milky Way Galaxy.

The SpaceAustralia.com community science project to build DIY radio telescopes in backyards and schools across Australia is nearing the point where the instruments will be turned towards the Milky Way Galaxy and start collecting data.

The SpaceAusScope project features a number of telescope-building teams across Australia, who are making significant progress in the telescope build phase and soon to enter their observing period.

The radio telescopes themselves, are made from a variety of household purchased and re-purposed materials and constructed to observe the cold Hydrogen gas that resides in the Milky Way Galaxy – indicative of the regions of where new stars are born.

The project which started in December 2019 by SpaceAustralia.com, has acquired a community of approximately 120 members, all forming telescope-building teams that stretch from Perth across the southern half of Australia to Brisbane.

A number of teams have submitted pictures of their builds so far through the community channel – showcasing the progress they’ve achieved so far.

Team: Backyard Universe Monitors (NSW)

Team: Brisbane Radio School (QLD)

Team: Catholic Education Wollongong (NSW)

Team: A Shed in Mayfield (NSW)

Team: Orion (NSW)

Team Sandgroper-RA (WA)

Team: Space Cadets (WA)

Team: Space GW Worms (VIC)

Team: Tatura (VIC)

And lastly, we had this beautiful artwork drawn by Ryan from Team Tartura, which shows our telescopes capturing the 21cm wave from Hydrogen atoms in space – keep your eye out for Ryan’s amazing artwork in the future too!

Credit: Ryan from Team Tatura.

Next Phase of the SpaceAusScope Project

As our SpaceAusScopes’ near the end of their construction phase, next our community teams will be commencing their observation window – which runs for three months (until the end of June). The objective during this observation period is to try and detect good quality data on the Hydrogen line from the Milky Way Galaxy.

Follow our Journey

We would really love to share this experience with you, so please follow our project by looking out for our shared posts on social media using the tag #SpaceAusScope. Here’s our accounts:

And if you’re interested in running a separate community science project with us, email us at admin@spaceaustralia.com