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Stellar Observations Network Group.
Artist impression of a star and planet

Photo: An artist’s view of stellar seismology by G. Perez Diaz/IAC

Mount Kent Observatory hosts the Australian node of the global Stellar Observations Network Group (SONG) telescope network, an international collaboration with Danish astronomers.

Launched in 2006 by astronomers at Aarhus University and the University of Copenhagen, SONG is dedicated to the design and construction of a global network of small telescopes for the study of stars and planetary systems around stars.

The Mount Kent Observatory SONG node consists of two 70cm telescopes feeding light by optical fibres to a dedicated spectrograph.

SONG observations enable seismology of stellar interiors, complementing the work of MINERVA-Australis to deliver new knowledge of the physics and evolution of stars and their exoplanets.

SONG Australia is supported by philanthropy and an Australian Research Council grant to a university consortium led by UniSQ.

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