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Mount Burnett Observatory

A community astronomical observatory in the Dandenong Ranges

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Friday 25th July 2014 - Alex Filipenko video lecture - "The Formation of Planetary Systems"

This Friday at 8pm we will have the next in our series of Understanding the Universe, an Introduction to Astronomy lectures by Alex Filipenko.  This lecture will be number 37 in the series and is entitled "The Formation of Planetary Systems".   Planets form inside a cloud of dust and gas, which flattens as it contracts.  At the centre, the temperature is high enough to create a star: farther from the centre, leftover material collects into planets.

Following the talk and supper, there will be viewing through the MBO telescopes (weather permitting). If you have a telescope and would like to know how to use it, or alternatively, would like to show it off to us, please bring it along.

Members' Night is on every Friday night commencing at 8PM (doors open 7:30PM). Guests are always welcome.
Please consider the neighbours and drive in and out quietly using low beam only, or better still, parking lights.


National Science Week 2014 - "Stars in the Yarra Ranges"

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This August the Mount Burnett Observatory will again be involved in National Science Week, this time putting on four events around the Yarra Ranges in conjunction with the the ARC Centre of Excellence for All-Sky Astrophysics (CAASTRO) called "Stars in the Yarra Ranges". A feast of astronomy for the whole family is coming to your town!

  • Look through a telescope!
  • Visit our wonder tent of experimentation!
  • Talk to leading  astrophysicists about their research!
  • Watch live feeds from current  space missions!
  • Join in the competition to name an exoplanet!

These are free events with no booking required.

6pm-8:30 pm Saturday 16th of August Museum of the Yarra Ranges, Lilydale
35-37 Castella St, Lilydale VIC 3140
6pm-8:30 pm Tuesday 19th of August Upwey Primary School
15 Darling Avenue Upwey VIC 3158
6pm-8:30 pm Friday 22nd of August Emerald Secondary College
425 Belgrave Gembrook Road Clematis VIC 3782
6pm-8:30 pm Saturday 23rd of August Beaconhills College
30-34 Toomuc Valley Rd, Pakenham VIC 3810
entrance via Gate E on the Healesville Koo Wee Rup Rd

MBO Nat Sci Week brochure

Brought to you by Mount Burnett Observatory in association with the CAASTRO ARC Centre of Excellence for All-Sky Astrophysics.

Sun, Moon and Planets

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Melbourne Weather

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Humidity: 67%
Wind: N at 33.8 km/h
Saturday 7°C / 15°C Mostly cloudy
Sunday 8°C / 16°C Mostly sunny
Monday 8°C / 16°C Partly cloudy