Lowell Telescope DomeThe Perth Observatory is Western Australia’s oldest observatory which is located 35km east of Perth in Bickley. The Observatory has served WA for 119 years and remains actively involved in the service of public education through Day Tours for schools and Night Sky Tours for the public. In recognition of its scientific, cultural and historical significance, the Observatory was entered on the state’s Heritage Register in 2005.

As of the 1st of July 2015, the Perth Observatory Volunteer Group will be running the Observatory for the Western Australian Government, so we can continue to provide the Observatory with a bright future and a place to inspire the public and young minds.

Some of the important research that has been completed at the Observatory include:

  • Co-discovered Uranus’s ring system
  • Publishing numerous Meridian Catalogues during its history
  • Was part of the NASA International Planetary Patrol in partnership with the Lowell Observatory
  • Our Astrographic telescope produced 10% of all ground-based positions for Comet Halley
  • Our Automated Supernova Search has discovered 30 supernovae
  • Discovered 29 Minor Planets between 1970 and 1999
  • Helped discover the super-earth exoplanet OGLE-2005-BLG-390lb

Volunteers at the Perth Observatory

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The Perth Observatory Volunteer Group (POVG) is an incorporated independent body that assists the Perth Observatory with its mission.

The volunteer program was established at the Perth Observatory in 1996 in order to provide opportunities for the public to become more involved in the Observatory’s activities. In 2002, the Perth Observatory Volunteer Group became incorporated in order to obtain funding from external sources to further their work. Currently, POVG has about 80 active members and they make a significant contribution to the public outreach activities of Perth Observatory.