LOOKING TO THE STARS: Fudooka High School students from Japan get a unique look at the stars at the Kingaroy Observatory with their host families as part of the Kingaroy State High School exchange program.
LOOKING TO THE STARS: Fudooka High School students from Japan get a unique look at the stars at the Kingaroy Observatory with their host families as part of the Kingaroy State High School exchange program. James Barclay

Japanese students get their first clear look at the stars

EXCHANGE students from Japan got to see the stars and the Milky Way in clear detail for the first time last weekend.

The Fudooka High School students visited the Kingaroy Observatory with their host families from Kingaroy State High School as part of the finale to their trip to Australia.

Kingaroy astronomer James Barclay ran the stargazing show for the Year 10 and 11 Japanese students and their host families.

"Back home, these young people never see any stars at night due to light pollution from artificial lighting,” Mr Barclay said.

STARS: Fudooka High School students from Japan visit the Kingaroy Observatory with their host families as part of the Kingaroy SHS exchange program.
Fudooka High School students at the Kingaroy Observatory with their host families. James Barclay

"While many country folk take our starry skies for granted, to hear and see these young faces and voices light up with excitement to see so many Hoshi (stars) is priceless.”

The closest thing to stars most of the exchange students had seen before their trip to Australia were artificial stars in a planetarium.