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Naracoorte Caves

We went camping on the Australia Day weekend to a little place called Robe, which is in the bottom South-East of South Australia. Robe is a fishing village – cray fish in particular. We hired a camper trailer to see how they go. Interestingly, the cost to hire a camper trailer is only a few hundred dollars a week but to buy one is expensive – $15,000 for our hire model. Pretty easy maths.

We visited Naracoorte caves – a World Heritage listed site. Why is it listed? Well, it’s one of the few sites that has mega-fauna fossils – basically large mammals that were trapped and died in the caves and later buried in mud. The caves apparently give a continuous 100,000 year history of these mamals – many now extinct.

What was Sonya doing during these important studies?

Comet McNaught

Well, we had a surprise visitor recently – the comet McNaught!

As it approached the sun, we thought we would miss seeing it because of the amount of rain we had that week. But as it swung around, it really turned on a show for us. From sunset to about 10:30pm, we had a great show. As the sky became dark, the tail of the comet revealed itself to cover an enormous portion of the western sky – something my humble photos don’t reveal.

The boys were extremely excited to see the show. Liam had bought a junior telescope for christmas with some money Grandma & Grandad had given him, so he set up the official observatory.

What a better show than Halley’s comet (1986), eh? Though I doubt we won’t see McNaught any time soon – it’s next due back in a couple of million years…