Astronomy in northern Tasmania

George, M 2021 , 'Astronomy in northern Tasmania' , Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania, vol. 155, no. 1 , pp. 19-30 , doi: https://doi.org/10.26749/rstpp.155.1.19.

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Tasmania has been the site of much astronomical activity over the past century. While most of the scientific research has taken place in the south of the state, this paper documents the significant activities that have been a focus in northern Tasmania, tracing the history of key events and people involved. The scene is set with a summary of pre-1920 astronomical history, followed by a detailed discussion of activities over the past 100 years, including the establishment of the Launceston Planetarium and its subsequent shift from QVMAG to the present-day Inveresk site. It identifies the many professional and amateur astronomers who have played a pivotal role in helping build Tasmania’s strong astronomical reputation as a centre for research and education, now recognised worldwide. Many aspects of this paper are drawn from the author’s own experience in the hopes of attracting further information to expand our knowledge.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:George, M
Keywords: QVMAG, Launceston Planetarium, Astronomical Society of Tasmania, amateur astronomy, University of Tasmania, public astronomy, Tastrofest, Tasmanian eclipses
Journal or Publication Title: Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
ISSN: 0080-4703
DOI / ID Number: https://doi.org/10.26749/rstpp.155.1.19
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