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Friday 15th December - Sky For The Month with Perry Vlahos

8pm Friday 15th December we have our own Perry Vlahos to speak to us about the December sky.

December is the astronomical equivalent of 'Nirvana'! The nights, are warm and inviting, the clouds have disappeared and the eastern sky is full of the most prominent stars and constellations. This is the time to be looking up at the sky with many incredible things to see, and this Friday night Perry Vlahos will take us on a journey through them all. You'll learn how to find spectacular clusters, huge supergiants, enormous nebulae and far away galaxies - all visible to the naked eye from Mt Burnett Observatory. But wait, there's more...there's a meteor shower and a supermoon all on the way, plus much, much more. Don't miss this always entertaining and fully illustrated talk. Following the presentation there's a delicious supper and (weather permitting) we'll go outside to see all of the aforementioned through the telescopes of MBO. See you there!

Members' Night is on every Friday night commencing at 8PM sharp (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.

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Friday 8th December 2017 - Dr Chris Flynn on "Fast Radio Bursts"

8pm Friday 8th December we have Dr Chris Flynn from Swinburne University of Technology talking to us about "Fast Radio Bursts"

The UTMOST project is an upgrade of the Molonglo Radio Synthesis Telescope, sited near Bungendore in NSW, and the largest telescope in the Southern Hemisphere. By installing new electronics and a bank of GPUs - also known as video game cards - we have vastly increased its sensitivity and sky coverage -- all in order to solve the mystery of Fast Radio Bursts. FRBs are bright, very short (a few millisecond) bursts of energy at radio wavelengths the origin of which is unknown. If they are produced in events billions of light years away, as we think, they will allow us to measure the mass of the Universe! No FRB has been seen at other than radio wavelengths, and finding host galaxies for a FRBs remains a major challenge, to which UTMOST could be the key.

Members' Night is on every Friday night commencing at 8PM sharp (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 17th November 2017 - Ian Sullivan - Constellations, Their Origin and Development

8pm Friday 17th November Ian Sullivan (ASV & MPAS) will be our guest speaker, talking to us about "Constellations, Their Origin and Development":

The naming of groups of stars in the night sky is traced through folklore, and the customs, of ordinary people,to illustrate stories or reinforce daily life. They also enable scientific classification by astronomers to aid observation. They are areas of sky  encompassing any star, cluster, or galaxy found within, named after shapes they resemble, or stories they symbolise.  Ancient Greek science has supported old mythology to give Greek science and culture a dominant role over others in naming, but which is now internationally  controlled.

Members' Night is on every Friday night commencing at 8PM sharp (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.