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An attraction with a difference

Unique opportunity for Wee Waa

Pictured right is the 6m diameter by 4m high planetarium that is coming to the Wee Waa Sporting Complex (the only indoor venue in town it would fit in) next week.

Budding astronomers young and young at heart are about to get a unique opportunity at Wee Waa.

On Monday, August 13, a group from Macquarie University will visit the town and they are bringing some heavy duty equipment with them - some of which will be donated to the town.

It’s part of a National Science Week initiative by the university, which is visiting four small towns in the state - Wee Waa, Werris Creek, Barraba and Dorrigo.

The event has been dubbed ‘pocket astronomy in pocket sized towns’.

There are three particular highlights of the trip.

The first is a giant planetarium, a hemisphere-like structure about 6m in diameter and 4m high.

Anyone will have the opportunity to visit the planetarium where they can get an up-close look at planets, take a tour of the solar system, and peer into the depths of the galaxy.

Given its size, it posed a few problems finding a venue.

“We thought the only place we could hold it because it’s so huge was the [Wee Waa Sporting Complex],” said Wee Waa Chamber of Commerce president Ann-Maree Galagher.