Supernova 2016adj

Sean Liddelow (UWA Physics) snapped a confirmation image of this magnitude 14 type IIb supernova in the famous and peculiar galaxy NGC 5128. Sean’s image was acquired on midnight, February 10 using SPIRIT II from home.

Discovery details and more information can be found here.

The supernova in the famous and peculiar galaxy NGC 5128. Image acquired on midnight, February 10 using SPIRIT II.
The supernova in the famous and peculiar galaxy NGC 5128. Image acquired on midnight, February 10 using SPIRIT II.


Meeting the challenge of astrophotography

Year 9 Challenge Science students at Iona Presentation College have spent the term using SPIRIT to undertake deep sky astrophotography. Using advanced processing techniques, the students combined images taken through filters available on the SPIRIT telescopes to create stunning colour photographs and produced both printed books and eBooks to showcase their work.

The books include information from researching their targets, together with the processes they used to create the images.



Shining star Gur


One of SPIRIT’s long time users featured recently in UWA’s Vice-Chancellor’s Voice publication.

Gurashish Singh Bhatia first used SPIRIT as a year 10 science student at Mount Lawley Senior High School, and is now using SPIRIT as part of his third year Physics studies at UWA. Read the full article here.

Happy Birthday SPIRIT II

SPIRIT II was officially launched on September 6, 2012.

SPIRIT I and SPIRIT II continue to provide teachers and students access to research grade astronomical imaging and data collection via the internet, supported by a full life-cycle of SPICE teacher learning opportunities and student activities. In 2013 alone, 212 participants from 26 different institutions attended some 15 SPIRIT professional learning workshops at the Centre for Learning Technology.

Students from Western Australia and beyond continue to utilise SPIRIT to take stunning images of distant astronomical objects, as well as undertake ‘real science’ with these unique instruments.

Happy 2nd Birthday SPIRIT II


Understanding the celestial sphere


Understanding the motion of astronomical objects across the sky is important when planning an imaging session with SPIRIT. Two documents available on the Guides and documents page provide an explanation of the celestial coordinates system and target planning for objects in the skies above Perth.

A quick guide that explains the celestial coordinates system.
Celestial coordinates (PDF file, 2.1 Mb)

Fine tune your understanding of celestial motion and choose the best time to image objects of interest with SPIRIT.
Target Planning (PDF file, 3.4 Mb)