Aerial photo of Canberra

A satellite will fly over Canberra on 17, 19 and 21 August, capturing bird's-eye view photographs of the region.

06 August 2020

Want to be part of the ultimate selfie? A spectacular photo taken from space will capture our city’s best angles, and Canberrans are invited to get in the frame.

As part of National Science Week - which runs from 15 to 23 August - a satellite will fly over Canberra on the mornings of 17, 19 and 21 August, between 10am and 11am.

Residents are being asked to find an oval, park or backyard and create eye-catching designs that will help you stand out from the crowd as the satellite flies overhead.

Inspiring Australia, which contributes to the government’s vision to engage all Australians with science, has recommended being as ‘big’ as possible to be seen.

“Try taking up more space by lying down and spelling something out or making a fun shape,” they advised.

“Get crafty with old sheets, cardboard, aluminium foil or even your friends - remember to stay a safe distance from each other.”

The creations will be immortalised in a time capsule image of Australia’s capital from above.

Three flyovers will take place to avoid clouds blocking the picture. From the three flyovers, the least cloudy image will be selected -so plan to be outside for all three events. Another option is to make something that you can leave out for the whole week.

The satellite will only take a few minutes to pass over Canberra and the surrounding regions, as it's travelling at an astonishing 26,850 kilometres per hour.

Whilst the satellite won’t be able to capture small details - such as the expression on your face - it will be able to photograph bigger objects, like a flag, poster or banner.

The photos will be uploaded to Inspiring Australia’s website so you will be able to see your creations and keep the photos forever.

Some of Canberra’s institutions are participating - including National Museum, National Library, Questacon, Royal Australian Mint and National Gallery - so make sure you look out for their photos once they are uploaded.

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

For more details about the satellite selfie, visit

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