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Friday 30th November 2018 - Stephanie Rowlands

8pm Friday 30th November 2018 we have our very own Stephanie Rowlands giving a talk on her research project work at the Anglo Australian Telescope.

 The formation and evolution of galaxies is a major focus of ongoing study in  astrophysics. The region of gas surrounding many galaxies, called the Circum-galactic medium (CGM), has been linked to this process. Finding out more on the properties and distribution of this gas is vital to gain a clearer insight into the processes within galaxies.

The objective of my research was to identify regions of this CGM gas around 4 winter-sky galaxies and our own Milky Way using distant quasars and detailed spectroscopy measurements which I will share during my presentation.

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


Please consider the neighbours and drive in and out quietly using low beam only.


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 November 2018 - Jacquie Milner - Beginners Night: Common Telescope Design

8pm Friday 16th November 2018 we have the latest in Jacquie Milner's beginners series of talks, looking at why telescopes are made in different ways this time.

With the season of gift giving nearing you may be thinking about buying a telescope, but overwhelmed by the choice on hand. Why do they make so many? Where do you start? Tonight we will take a look at the common designs on the market, their positives and negatives, and find out why do telescopes get made that way?

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 9th November 2018 - Nikki Usatov - Space Camp

8pm Friday 9th November 2018 we have our own Nikki Usatov talking to us about her experiences at Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama, USA.

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 2nd November 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 5 - Inexplicable Space. Scientists have made astounding progress in their grasp of the universe. But what remains to be understood? Investigate some perplexing aspects of space that science has uncovered in the last half-century. Learn about the mysterious trajectory of the Pioneer spacecraft (known as the "Pioneer anomaly"). Explore two of the longest-standing problems in astrophysics: dark matter and dark energy. And even try to map the shape of space-time.


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


Alex Filippenko: Understanding the Universe, Ep 90 - Searching for Hidden Dimensions.  The leading contenders for a theory of everything are 'string theories' which postulate that fundamental particles act like tiny, vibrating strings of energy. This approach requires at least 10 dimensions, most of which are curled up on miniscule size scales.

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.