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Friday 23rd February 2018 - Jacquie Milner - Space Weather: Part 1- the Solar Cycle

8pm Friday 23rd February we have our own Jacquie Milner giving a beginners talk introduction called "Space Weather: Part 1- the Solar Cycle".

Our second attempt to get Beginner’s Nights kicked off for 2018 will be to take a look at the Sun and its cyclical activity. Besides sunshine it spits other types of electromagnetic energy at us at times, some benign and some more troublesome. Down here on the surface of the Earth, protected by the atmosphere and the Earth’s magnetic field, we don’t notice it so much, but if we are to become a spacefaring race this kind of knowledge becomes much more vital. Come along and learn about the solar cycle, sun spots, coronal holes, solar flares and coronal mass ejections.

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

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Friday 16th February 2018 - Dr Terry Moon - Backyard astronomy, variable stars and MBO

There has been a late change to our program for this coming Friday. It was to have been Jacquie Milner talking about Space Weather, but that talk will now take place Friday 23rd Feb.

8pm Friday 16th February we have Terry Moon, one of the original students to have completed his PhD at Monash and MBO, and now a member of our association, is here this week with Steve Fleming of Latrobe Uni doing science (yes, that's right, science) on our 18" telescope in the dome.  He will be giving an impromptu talk (allowing many questions) at MBO before going back into the dome to continue gathering research data for a project I'm sure he will describe during the talk.

Terry Moon (Tex) was awarded his BSc (Hons) from Monash University in 1975, MSc from the University of Melbourne in 1979 and PhD from Monash University in 1984. In 1975 and 1976 he worked in the Infrared Astronomy group at Melbourne University. From 1978 to 1980 Tex worked in Solar Energy technology at University of Sydney. During 1984 and 1985 he undertook postdoctoral work in Astronomy at University College London. In 1986 Tex joined the Defence Science & Technology Organisation and enjoyed a 30-year Defence Science career spanning electro-optical, infrared and radar technologies, operations research, systems engineering, complexity and network science and food science retiring in January 2016.

Since late-2002 Tex has been undertaking ‘backyard astronomy’ with a focus on photoelectric measurements of variable stars. His earlier research included measurement of southern semi-regular variables (red giants) from his home observatory, first in Adelaide, then Georgetown, South Australia and now Scottsdale, Tasmania. A secondary interest was the measurement and analysis of bright eclipsing binary systems. Recently, Tex’s interests have switched to citizen astronomy with a particular focus on development of low-cost photometry using CMOS sensors. His current research interest is symbiotic stars, a rare type of variable thought to be the progenitor of Type Ia supernovae.

Members' Night is on every Friday night commencing at 8PM sharp (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 9th February 2018 - Guest Speaker: Barry Gilbert & Astronomy Video

8pm Friday 9th February we have a guest speaker from NSW, Barry Gilbert, coming to speak to us:

Barry Gilbert is a member of TRAC (Tamworth Regional Astronomy Club), and Armadale and Newcastle Astronomy Clubs. Barry's talk will cover a number of fields including radio astronomy, and a very large Schmidt Camera they have recently commissioned, plus other astronomical topics

Barry's talk will be followed by a brief supper, followed by two parallel streams of either:


Alex Filippenko: Understanding the Universe, Ep 83 - Einstein's Biggest Blunder?  The unexpected finding that the Universe is expanding at an ever-faster rate lends support for the existance of a non-zero cosmological constant, a formerly discredited idea of Einstein's, which he once called "his biggest blunder".

Supper, discussions in cabin, observing.   Or:


Visual observing through the telescopes (weather permitting).

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 2nd February 2018 - Sky For The Month with Perry Vlahos

8pm Friday 2nd February 2018 we have Perry Vlahos to tell us what's going on up in the nights sky in February.

After all the excitement that comes with an eclipse, there'll be lot's of stories to tell, but this Friday night we'll have Perry in to tell us about what else is going on in the sky this month. Early February is a great time to be looking up toward the stars with some of  the best constellations, double stars, and deep sky objects on view. Late summer also sees the rise of the enormous constellation that is made up of no stars at all!

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.