Cos­mos gains new as­tronomer

Western Times - - NEWS - Molly Han­cock Molly.Han­cock@west­ern­starnews.com

THE Charleville Cos­mos Cen­tre and Ob­ser­va­tory has added an­other star to its cen­tre, with the ad­di­tion of a new co-or­di­na­tor.

As­tronomer Mike Dal­ley re­cently moved to Charleville to take on the role, bring­ing a wealth of knowl­edge to the po­si­tion.

Mr Dal­ley be­came in­volved with the night sky at a young age thanks to his mother, who was an avid star lover.

“Orig­i­nally I got into this be­cause my mum loves stars more than I do, so I guess it got in­stilled into me at a young age,” Mr Dal­ley said.

“How­ever be­fore I got into as­tron­omy I was an out­door in­struc­tor and was tak­ing clients out hik­ing and at night I would teach them what my mum had taught me about the con­stel­la­tions, so that is where my pas­sion grew for as­tron­omy.”

Af­ter go­ing back to uni­ver­sity and com­plet­ing post­grad­u­ate stud­ies in sci­ence and as­tron­omy, Mr Dal­ley be­came in­volved in as­tron­omy out­reach, liv­ing at Uluru, Thai­land and the Mal­dives, be­fore mak­ing the move to Charleville.

Mr Dal­ley said he has plans to en­hance the Cos­mos Cen­tre with new tours, equip­ments and ex­pe­ri­ences.

“I want to en­hance what we al­ready do at Charleville Cos­mos Cen­tre and with Charleville be­ing a lead­ing as­tron­omy out­reach lo­ca­tion in Aus­tralia, I want this to be the best in the world,” he said.

“We are go­ing from a do­mes­tic plat­form to an in­ter­na­tional level.”

With as­tropho­tog­ra­phy high on Mr Dal­ley’s list to in­tro­duce, he wants to em­power guests to use their own cam­era to take amaz­ing photos of the night sky.

“The out­back sky is a 10/10 and has the abil­ity to drop the mouths on ev­ery­one who sees it,” he said.

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