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Friday 19th October 2018 - Jacquie Milner - Beginners Night: Jargon

8pm Friday 19th October 2018 we have our own Jacquie Milner with the latest in her series of beginners talks, this time about jargon in astronomy.

Astronomy is full of jargon, but in learning this language we learn so much more than just the meaning of a word. Tonight, we take a look at some of the terms we use to describe how we find our way around in the sky, and some particular points of interest, such as the poles – all six of them!

Members' Night is on every Friday night. Guests of members are always welcome. Contributions of food to share for supper are always gratefully received and demolished! :-)


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 12th October 2018 - Two Astronomy Video Lectures

At 8pm this Friday we have two different science videos for our regular members night:


Neil deGrasse Tyson - The Inexplicable Universe, Unsolved Mysteries, Ep 4 - Inexplicable Physics. Among the many topics you'll learn about in this lecture are the discovery of more elements on the periodic table; muon neutrinos; tao particles; and the three regimes of matter; the secrets of string theory (which offers the hope of unifying all the particles and forces of physics); and even the hypothetical experience of travelling through a black hole.


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


Alex Filippenko: Understanding the Universe, Ep 89 - Grand Unification & Theories of Everything.  A major effort is underway to unify the mutually inconsistent theories of general relativity and quantum mechanics into a 'Theory of Everything'. Successfully explaining dark energy might serve as an observational test for such a theory.

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 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 5th October 2018 - Sky For The Month with Perry Vlahos

8pm Friday 5th October is our first members night for October and so Perry Vlahos returns to give us his round up of what's coming up in the October nights sky!

The opportunities to observe all eight planets in one evening is a seldom seen cosmic experience, but one is coming this month, and Perry will be at MBO this Friday night to tell us when and where to look! Six of the planets will be naked eye, which is a wonderful phenomenon on its own, but with the use of MBO telescopes you'll also be able to observe Uranus and Neptune, to complete the whole set. No brains will be harmed with difficult mathematical formulae, or unexplained jargon, in this always entertaining and fully illustrated presentation. It's a perfect experience for those new to astronomy and when you throw in a delicious free supper, plus viewing through MBO telescopes at the presentation's end, it's heaps better than another night in front of a screen!

Members' Night is on every Friday night. Guests of members are always welcome. Contributions of food to share for supper are always gratefully received and demolished! :-)


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 28th September 2018 - Open MIC night

8pm Friday 28th September we have one of our occasional Open MIC nights for you to come and share what you've been up to!

This Friday we will hold one of our occasional “Open-Mic” nights. Members can bring along a photo or memento to take about.

We have quite a few projects that are in-train including:

  • the rapidly developing radio astronomy program;
  • the ever improving all-sky cam;
  • the new Deep Sky program;
  • an Art and Astronomy Group;
  • the redevelopment of the Chook Shed for astrophotography;
  • Young Observers;
  • outreach;
  • a new web page;
  • and the training on the new Celestron.

But anyone and everyone is encouraged to stand up and say a few words on their latest astronomical exploit.

Members' Night is on every Friday night. Guests of members are always welcome. Contributions of food to share for supper are always gratefully received and demolished! :-)


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.