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Friday 13th July 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 1 - History's Mysteries. Science history is filled with puzzling mysteries that were only solved with modern science's focus on experimentation instead of thought. Here, take a closer look at concepts that were once unexplainable but, thanks to modern physics, are now better understood. You'll focus on two such former mysteries: the existence of an invisible "aether" through which light and sound were believed to travel, and the orbit of Mercury which seemed (to earlier scientists) to violate Newton's fundamental laws of motion.


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


Alex Filippenko: Understanding the Universe, Ep 86 - The Stuff of the Cosmos.  The dark energy that is causing the expansion of the Universe to accelerate makes up about 75% of the cosmos. Ordinary matter glowing at any wavelength, optical or otherwise, accounts for less than 5%. The remainder is dark matter, most of which may consist of exotic subatomic particles.

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 6th July 2018 - Jacquie Milner - Sky for the Month

8pm Friday 6th July is our next members night. As Perry is away Jacquie Milner will present this July's "Sky for the Month" talk!

We have a big month ahead of us with plenty to see in the sky. There will be a total lunar eclipse on the same night Mars will be at opposition. There is a tiny whisper of a partial solar eclipse! All the planets will be visible in the evening sky and the majesty of the winter Milky Way is there, too. Can we fit all this into one hour? We're going to try!

Members' Night is on every Friday night commencing at 8PM sharp (doors open 7:30PM). 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 29th June 2018 - Adam Carey - Population, Growth and The Lighting Creep

8pm Friday 29th June 2018 we have a guest speaker in the form of Adam Carey who will be talking about "Population, Growth and The Lighting Creep" and the astronomers nemesis, light pollution.

As Victoria heads towards a growing population of 5 million people and associated infrastructure, there needs to be a radical rethink on how cities plan their public lighting infrastructure and the lighting creep.

Adam Carey MIES, Director for Standards and Advocacy for the Illuminating Engineering Society and Director ELUMENARTi, Member for the International Dark Sky Association and MBO will present and show how urban lighting can be reimagined, how to plan for public lighting and how we can achieve both functional safe lighting where it needs to be and how we can see the stars again.

Members' Night is on every Friday night commencing at 8PM sharp (doors open 7:30PM). 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 22nd June 2018 - James Murray - Australia in the era of global astronomy

LATE CHANGE OF PROGRAMME!

8pm this Friday 22nd June we have our own president, James Murray, talking about "Australia in the era of global astronomy".  James is the Senior Program Manager at Astronomy Australia Ltd (AAL).

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