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Friday 25th August 2017 - Dr Duane Hamacher

8pm this Friday 25th August 2017 we have our own Dr Duane Hamacher of Monash University speaking for us.  You can follow Duane as @AboriginalAstro on Twitter.

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 11th July 2017 - Two Astronomy Video Lectures

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


Cosmos: A Space Time Oddysey, Ep 7 - The Lost Worlds of Planet Earth. This episode explores the palaeogeography of Earth over millions of years, and its impact on the development of life on the planet..


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


Alex Filippenko: Understanding the Universe, Ep 77 - Supermassive Black Holes.   Astronomers now have strong evidence that quasars and other active galactic nuclei are powered by supermassive black holes, voraciously swallowing surrounding material. Less active galaxies also appear to harbour these monsters.

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 4th July August - Sky For The Month with Perry Vlahos

8pm Friday 4th August we have Perry Vlahos's "Sky for the Month" presentation!

As we head out of winter and head toward spring, this Friday night we have Perry Vlahos giving us a tour through the skies of August. There's a number of top draw celestial events visible from planet earth during this month. However, don't believe everything you read on the internet or see in the press and media. Many of these reports have not been filtered through the eyes of somebody who knows how they pan out for observers in the southern hemisphere. Sure, there is a total eclipse of the sun this month. Yes, there is an excellent meteor shower as well, plus three planets. But what can we see of these splendid events from our neck of the woods? Come along Friday night to find out as Perry not only answers these questions but also shows us
other sights worth pursuing at this time of year in his always entertaining and enlightening "Sky for the Month" presentation. Starts at 8pm and he promises no brains will be harmed during his talk - all will be easy to digest. There's a delicious supper that follows the talk and we then go outside and look at all that Perry has recommended as worthy sights, through the MBO telescopes. A night not to be missed. 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.

For weather information please see our useful links.

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Friday 28th July 2017 - Free Form Friday

IMPORTANT: VENUE CHANGEdue to concreting works the venue for this talk will be U3A Emerald which is at 402 Belgrave-Gembrook Road (also known locally as 402 Main Street) (link goes to Google Maps), which was the old CFA building, opposite Zest Cafe, just near Emerald Library and Worrell Reserve.

This Friday will be one of our occasional Free Form Fridat nights, with a member's show & tell (bring your gear, astronomy photos or videos to show it off), and preparation for the Belgrave Lantern Parade along with socialising/discussion.

Members' Night is on every Friday night commencing at 8PM sharp (doors open 7:30PM). Members are welcome to bring guests.


Please note the venue change.


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.