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Friday 24th March 2017 - Dr Tanya Hill - The Light Fantastic

Friday 24th March at 8pm we are very lucky to have Dr Tanya Hill from the Melbourne Planetarium at Scienceworks coming to talk to us about "The Light Fantastic":

Almost everything we know about the universe has travelled to us on a beam of light. We can’t travel to a star or pull one apart to see how it works. Instead, astronomers use light and the stories it tells to piece together our understanding of the universe.

Dr Tanya HillDr Tanya Hill is the Senior Curator of Astronomy for the Melbourne Planetarium. Other museum curators might have cupboards or rooms overflowing with their collection items, but Tanya's collection is the night sky. Since 1999, Tanya and her creative team have been producing planetarium shows that are seen in planetariums across Australia and around the world. Tanya is a skilled science communicator and she is the Australian representative of the European Southern Observatory's Science Outreach Network and also writes an astronomy column for The Conversation, an online news source written by academics.

Members' Night is on every Friday night commencing at 8PM (doors open 7:30PM). Guests of members are always welcome.


Please consider the neighbours and drive in and out quietly using low beam only, or better still, parking lights.


Please note: MBO will always be closed on days of Severe, Extreme and Code Red fire ratings, please see the CFA website for up-to-date information.

For weather information please see our useful links.

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Friday 17th March 2017 - Beginners Workshop

Friday 17th March at 8pm we have a Beginners Workshop:

This Friday will be a "Beginners" Workshop, so bring along some astronomy gear to either show-and-tell, or to seek help on.  The more "stuff" we have, the more interesting the night will be.

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.


Please note: MBO will always be closed on days of Severe, Extreme and Code Red fire ratings, please see the CFA website for up-to-date information.

For weather information please see our useful links.

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Friday 10th March 2017 - Two Astronomy Video Lectures

At 8pm this Friday we will be having two different science videos for your enjoyment and education:


Cosmos: A Space Time Oddysey, Ep 4 - Hiding in the light.


A brief supper, followed by two parallel streams of either:


Alex Filippenko: Understanding the Universe, Ep 72 - Expansion of the Universe and the Big Bang.   The Universe can be thought of as expanding into a mathematical dimension to which we have no physical access.  Even an infinite Universe can expand, becoming less dense.  The expansion suggests that there was a hot, dense beginning long ago - a Big Bang.

Supper, discussions in cabin, observing.   Or:


Visual observing through the 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.


Please note: MBO will always be closed on days of Severe, Extreme and Code Red fire ratings, please see the CFA website for up-to-date information.

For weather information please see our useful links.

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Friday 3rd March 2017 - Sky For The Month with Perry Vlahos

This Friday 8pm we have Perry Vlahos giving us the low down on what's up in the sky in March.

This Friday night we have Perry Vlahos giving us the skinny in his monthly talk loosely titled "Sky for the Month", but can cover many interesting and varied topics, and usually does!  For instance this week he'll tell us about one of the biggest star parties in Australia, that is held this weekend and everyone is invited to attend - especially if you're after skies much darker than MBO and wish to share them with 300 or so like minded people, with the opportunity to look through more than 50 telescopes!  Furthermore, you'll find out just exactly what's worth looking at in our skies during March.  Always an entertaining evening with plenty of information, a few laughs, a tasty supper and great company.

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.


Please note: MBO will always be closed on days of Severe, Extreme and Code Red fire ratings, please see the CFA website for up-to-date information.

For weather information please see our useful links.