3 News: Carter Observatory reopening this weekend

Dan Parker reports for 3 News that Wellington’s Carter Observatory, which has been closed for the last two years, will reopen its doors this Saturday.

The observatory was built over 140 years ago, and stands in the Botanical Gardens.

An excerpt: (read in full here)

“The Carter Observatory became the National Observatory in 1977. Since then, the floors below the telescope have focused more and more on learning. That has spawned the new education centre, which amazingly houses the odd juxtaposition of the Big Bang theory and Maori mythology.

“”That was a story that we have concentrated on here at Carter,” says spokeswoman Dawn Muir, “to tell the story of our own southern sky, the constellations, Maori cosmology and all that exciting stuff.””