About the Perth Observatory
Western Australia's oldest observatory is located 25km east of Perth in Bickley. The Observatory has served the state of WA for over 100 years and remains actively involved in the service of public education. In recognition of its scientific, cultural and historical significance, the Observatory was entered on the state's Heritage Register in 2005. The Perth Observatory is part of the Department of Parks and Wildlife.  

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loudspeaker imageANNULAR SOLAR ECLIPSE:

29 April 2014

The first solar eclipse of 2014 occurs on 29 April. It will be visible as a partial eclipse from Western Australia and is classified as a non-central annular eclipse. This type of eclipse is rare since the antumbral shadow of the moon misses Earth. Only 1.7% of eclipses are non-central.
Viewing the eclipse: indirect projection is the safest way to view this eclipse. A piece of cardboard with a small hole of around 1mm in diameter is held up so its projected image of the Sun falls on a white surface. By looking at the white surface, you can safely view the indirect projection of the Sun.
Viewing times and movies: our News & Events page has viewing times from WA locations, and a short movie for each location.

REMEMBER: Under no circumstance is it safe to directly view the sun - blindness will occur.

Find out what you might see on a night tour with our online tours calendar for 2013-14. Includes starting times for tours as well. A great tool to help you plan your visit.

Significant astronomical events are included in our online astronomical events calendar. A handy reference tool to help you understand the night sky.
Rise and set times for the Sun, Moon and twilight for Western Australia until the year 2026 can be found in our:
online solar, lunar and twilight calendar.
Live feed of the annular solar eclipse
We are planning a live feed of the annular solar eclipse, visible from our website. We have a dedicated page that will refresh the image every two minutes. Please note: weather conditions may curtail the live feed and bandwidth may be an issue if oversubscribed. The webpage is visible now but the feed won't occur until 29 April. Go to: Perth Observatory live feed: Annular solar eclipse 29 April 2014.
Skynet - teacher education resources
Exciting news for our educational R-COP robotic telescope linked to the Skynet network based at the University of North Carolina. We are currently undertaking beta testing to allow schools and other groups to book time on our robotic telescope. We have almost completed the education resources for teachers - watch this space for more news.
Perth Observatory
337 Walnut Rd, BICKLEY WA 6076
Tel: (08) 9293 8255
Fax: (08) 9293 8138
Email: perth.observatory@dpaw.wa.gov.au
Web: www.perthobservatory.wa.gov.au
Facebook: www.facebook.com/PerthObservatory
lightning bolt imageNEWS FLASH
1. Our blog is back. View 'The Night Sky Report'.
2. Gamma ray burst (GRB) observed via Skynet.
3. Perth Observatory reaches 1000 Facebook likes milestone. Like us now!

question mark imagePLEASE NOTE
The Perth Observatory cannot provide the following information for use in statutory declarations for evidence in a court of law: natural lighting, rise/set phenomena, lunar phases and illumination.

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