Molonglo Reborn: the dawn of a new era of discovery

Dec 3rd, 2015 : Official Opening  and Celebration of the 50th anniversary celebrations of the Molonglo Telescope.

The launch of the new telescope took place during the 50th Anniversary of the original opening of the Molonglo Observatory by the Right Honorable Sir Robert Menzies, Prime Minister of Australia.


Cutting the ribbon to relaunch the telescope.

Professor Elaine Sadler Director, ARC Centre of Excellence for All-sky Astrophysics; Mr Albert Wong, President, Physics Foundation, University of Sydney; Professor Anne Green Professor of Astrophysics, University of Sydney;  the Hon. Dr Peter Hendy MP, Assistant Minister for Productivity and Member for Eden-Monaro (with scissors); Professor Duncan Ivison, Deputy Vice Chancellor – Research, University of Sydney; Professor Matthew Bailes, Australian Laureate Fellow, Swinburne University of Technology; Dr Lewis Ball, Director, CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science; Professor Aleksandr Subic, Deputy Vice Chancellor – Research and Development, Swinburne University. Photo Credit: Nick Smith


The Hon Dr Peter Hendy MP, Assistant Minister for Productivity and Member for Eden-Monaro. Credit: Nick Smith


Mrs Crys Mills, wife of the telescope’s designer, the late Professor Bernard Mills of the University of Sydney. Credit: Nick Smith


Ms Manisha Caleb, a postgraduate student from the Australian National University who is using the telescope for her research. Credit: Nick Smith


L-R: Astronomers Dr David Jauncey (CSIRO), Dr Bruce McAdam (University of Sydney) (at front), Dr Douglas Bock (CSIRO) (at rear), and Dr Tasso Tzioumis (CSIRO). Credit: Nick Smith


Group shot after the opening. Credit: Nick Smith.

In the press

Video news, ABC Canberra

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The plaque for the opening of Molonglo by Sir Robert Menzies, 50 years ago, with reflections of the telescope, blue skies and summer crops. December 2015.