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Friday 25th May 2018 - Dr Patricia Vickers-Rich - Dinosaurs

8pm on Friday 25th May 2018 we have a rare non-astronomy talk for our members night, but instead of looking back in time by looking up at the sky we'll be looking back in time by looking under the ground.

Ever wonder what the world was like about 600 million years ago or even 100 million? Well come to the observatory this Friday, get in the call with Dr Patricia Vickers-Rich (sorry, Dr Who was not available that evening!) and we’ll dial up the right time and off we go! Pat's talk will cover two areas which she has an interest in; dinosaurs and their associates which inhabited what is now southern Victoria some 106 to 130 million years ago. This has been a project that she and her husband have been pursuing for more than 40 years. We will also be taken further back to a time called the Precambrian more than 542 million years ago when the first animals appeared.
 
Pat holds a PhD degree from Columbia University gained at a time in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s when a major paradigm shift was taking place in geology. There was a change from viewing continents as always where they are today, to thinking about how they moved about in the past. Plate tectonic theory gave this a mechanism that explained how this could have happened. What a wonderful time to be a graduate student based at one of the three institutions that were at the forefront of this new idea. She came to Australia soon after she finished her degree and has taught at Monash University and now at Swinburne in Palaeobiology ever since.

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.

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Friday 18th May 2017 - Neil Creek - "Is it really that colour?"

8pm Friday 18th May we have our own Neil Creek with the latest in his series of astrophotography talks, this time on "Is it really that colour?"

That's the question I'm most frequently asked when showing my astrophotos to others. The problem is, it's not a straightforward answer! Colour and our perception of it is a tricky business, where colour is found in the night sky and what it means is also a very important part of both the art and science of astrophotography. So in this talk, I will try to unravel the complexity of colour and explain what's real, what's enhanced and what's false, and why each of those options is completely valid.

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 11th May 2018 - Two Astronomy Video Lectures

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


A collection of short astronomy related videos from the Internet.


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


Alex Filippenko: Understanding the Universe, Ep 84 - The Afterglow of the Big Bang.  An accidental discovery in 1965 overturned the "steady-state-theory" of the Universe, an alternative to the Big Bang theory. The detection of a uniform microwave "glow" in all directions was exactly what was expected if the Universe was hot and dense long ago..

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 May 2018 - Sky For The Month with Perry Vlahos

At 8pm this coming Friday 6th May we have Perry Vlahos for our members night talking to us about the coming months night sky.

This Friday night for the members’ astronomical pleasure we have Perry Vlahos giving us the skinny on what’s worth getting up for and what isn’t. There’s three planets on the rise, but which is not worth having a look at currently? There’s a meteor shower, but is it one of the better ones or is it not worth getting up for like the Lyrid Meteor Shower? What are the best objects in the May sky for naked eye? Is there much to see with binoculars? And what’s only worth having a look at in a telescope of reasonable size? All this plus much more will be delivered in an entertaining, non technical presentation with a rock solid guarantee that no brains will be harmed in the process!

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.