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Friday 21st July 2017 - Beginner’s Night: All About Eclipses (at U3A Emerald)

IMPORTANT: VENUE CHANGE: due 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.


8pm Friday 21st July we have our next in our "Beginner’s Nights" series with Jacquie Milner, aiming to help those who are new to astronomy and would like to learn more!  This time it's "All About Eclipses".

There’s an eclipse season coming up in August, so it it’s a good time to talk about the basics of eclipses. There’s lots of terminology to explain, the different types of eclipse that occur, how they occur, how ancient peoples worked out the pattern they occur in, how to rate the darkness of a lunar eclipse and we’ll try to explain just what is a saros? We’ll also include a brief look at solar eclipses visible over the Australian continent in the coming decades, as they are less common than lunar eclipses, and where to find information about eclipse events on the internet.

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


PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS TALK IS AT U3A EMERALD, NOT MBO, SEE ABOVE FOR DETAILS!

 

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Friday 14th 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 6 - The Sisters of the Sun. This episode provides an overview of the composition of stars, and their fate in billions of years. Tyson describes how early man would identify stars via the use of constellations that tied in with various myths and beliefs, such as the Pleiades. Tyson describes the work of Edward Charles Pickering to capture the spectra of multiple stars simultaneously, and the work of the Harvard Computers or "Pickerings Harem", a team of women researchers under Pickering's mentorship, to catalogue the spectra.


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


Alex Filippenko: Understanding the Universe, Ep 76 - Cosmic Powerhouses of the Distant Past.   The high luminosity of quasars puzzled astronomers in the 1960s. How could these peculiar, star-like objects be so bright and yet so far away? Only a few light years across, they are in fact even more powerful than entire galaxies..

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 7th July 2017 - Sky For The Month with Perry Vlahos

8pm Friday 7th July we have Perry Vlahos with us to give us his "Sky for the Month" tour!

Brrr, it's cold! But things are really hotting up above. The Milky Way is beaming overhead. Arcturus, Regulus, Spica and Antares are lighting up the sky. On the rise are Vega, Altair and Deneb. Jupiter and Saturn are at their best for this year. It's cold, but it's the time of year when the skies are at their most transparent. Come along this Friday night to find out how to best observe these magnificent beacons of the sky when Perry Vlahos delivers another informative and entertaining presentation in his "Sky for the Month" talk.

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 30th June 2017 - Neil Creek - "Easy Astrophotography"

Friday 8pm we have Neil Creek, professional photographer and MBO member, running the second part of his "Easy Astrophotography" workshop for us.

Following up from his Easy Astrophotography talk a few weeks ago, Neil talks about the next step: Processing your photos. Every photo can benefit from a bit of post-work, but astrophotos in particular can really shine. Neil will demonstrate his post-processing techniques live, using Adobe software, starting with single-shot night landscapes and moving up to stacking multiple exposures.


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.