Last night, Andamooka kicked off National Science Week with the Southern Cross Outreach Observation Project (or SCOOP for short).
The clear night sky proved an amazing opportunity for the Andamooka locals and everyone who drove up from Roxby Downs to get outside and learn about the planets in our solar system from the comfort of SCOOP's portable observatory.
RoxFM spoke with Muhammad Akbar Hussain, one of the people behind the portable observatory.
He says SCOOP travels around to communities "to let the public experience the wonders of the sky through an observatory and telescopes."
So far SCOOP has travelled through South Australia, New South Wales and Victoria, but Muhammad plans to take it all over the country.
"People love it! Most of the people who have attended our public outreach sessions have never seen planets through a telescope or any observatory, so in my personal view it is making a difference... and promoting the knowledge of astronomy."
You can listen to RoxFM's interview with Dr Muhammad Akbar Hussain here:
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