MT STROMLO OBSERVATORY, THE AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL UNIVERSITY & ACT NATIONAL SCIENCE WEEK

Have you ever taken a selfie? What if you could take one from space? Wonder no more because during National Science Week this August everyone in the ACT will find out!

Introducing Canberra’s very own Satellite Selfie!

During National Science Week this year, a satellite will fly over the ACT and surrounding area and will capture an image of as much of Canberra and the people in it as possible to create a time-capsule image of Australia’s Capital from above.

This event is presented by ACT National Science Week and the Where You Are Festival with the support of the ACT Government and is co-hosted by The Australian National University.

How can you get involved?

The satellite will be flying over Canberra and the surrounding area, including Queanbeyan, Googong, Tharwa, Yass, Murrumbateman, Sutton, Royalla and Bungendore. See the full map online.

Invite your family, work, school or friends to go outside on an oval, park or backyard and create large designs, flags or logos. To be seen from space, the images need to be BIG and laid flat on the ground.

How big does it need to be?

The ground pixel size of the photos the satellite will take is 50 cm. This means that each pixel of your image needs to be at least 50 cm by 50 cm in size.
The letter ‘A’ for example should ideally be no smaller than 2.5 metres wide and 3.5 metres high to be seen clearly in the satellite image. Try spacing your letters out as well — 1.5 metres between letters is ideal (and COVID-19 safe!)

The bigger your artwork is, the easier it will be to see.

For the best results, use reflective materials like aluminium foil, or block colours such as red, white, orange or yellow. Make sure that it contrasts with the background, for example don’t put green displays out on the oval.

You can make shapes or designs from paper, paint, cars, vinyl, or even assemble a human chain (but remember to stay 1.5m apart).

The flyover was planned for three times across National Science Week to ensure that we captured the best photo and avoided too much cloud cover.

For up to date information join the Facebook event.

For more details on the Satellite Selfie visit: https://inspiringtheact.org.au/satellite-selfie/

Download the Quick How to Guide or for full details see the full How to Guide.

To learn more about National Science Week and Inspiring the ACT visit: https://inspiringtheact.org.au

This Inspiring Australia initiative is supported by the Australian Government as part of National Science Week.

A Public Health Emergency has been declared in the ACT in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more.