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.