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Friday 3rd August 2018 - Sky For The Month with Perry Vlahos

For this coming first Friday in August (3rd), we have Perry Vlahos coming to give us the low down on what's up in the nights sky for this coming month.

What excitement we've had recently with the Lunar Eclipse and the opposition of Mars.  If you missed the eclipse, sorry, there won't be another one till 2021! However, Mars is still at its best and will be throughout August. Is the dust storm subsiding? Can we now see the polar cap or Syrtis Major?

Come and find out the latest and also how to view the rest of the planets now visible, naked eye and with MBO telescopes, especially Saturn and Jupiter.

But that's not all, there's some excellent deep sky targets visible during August including some of the best and closely packed nebulae in Messier's catalogue: The Swan, Lagoon and Triffid nebulae, and clusters like the Wild Duck, M5 and Omega Centauri.  Plus a meteor shower to avoid - don't believe everything on the internet.

All this and much more in an always entertaining and fully illustrated talk by Perry - especially recommended for new members as everything is explained and easy to understand.

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 27th July 2018 - Jacquie Milner - Beginners Night: The Moon

8pm this Friday we have Jacquie Milner running the latest in her great series of beginners talks, this month it's that old chestnut The Moon!

The Moon is always there, but how often do look at it? I mean, really look at it? Let’s take this opportunity to have a closer look at our closer neighbour that you have been neglecting. This Beginners Night we will explore the major features of the Moon, lunar nomenclature, results from recent missions in the 21st Century, and show you some of the more interesting places that deserve a second look. You might be surprised what you can see from a different angle!

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 20th July 2018 - Planets and an MBO Star Heading North

Two special events this coming Friday 20th June 2018!   First of all our own Perry Vlahos will conduct a quick tour of all the planets visible to the unaided eye (weather permitting):

Having all five naked eye planets visible at once in the evening sky is a very rare event and has not occurred for many year. We at MBO would like to share this with our members. To facilitate it, we’ve decided to hold an event earlier than normal Members’ Nights this Friday 20th July, and it will start at the family friendly time of 6:30pm and go for an hour. Perry Vlahos will lead us in a chase to capture Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn – plus the moon; all will be visible to the naked eye, and then we’ll also view them through telescopes of MBO. Don’t be late however, as Mercury – the most elusive, sets early, and you could miss gathering the whole set! You are then welcome to stay on for the regular Members’ Night, which will begins at the normal time of 8pm. Don’t miss it – see you there.

and that will be followed by us farewelling (at least temporarily) one of our core members, and leader of the Deep Sky Section, Braeden Borg (sniff!)!

MBO Outreach Star and Deep Sky Overlord, Braeden Borg is leaving us to undertake further studies in Sydney.  This Friday, for our Member Night we are planning to celebrate his time with us and give him a reason to miss us.  So come along with your best Braeden stories, or, if you don't know what all the fuss is about, come and find out.  And maybe we can all find out what our new 'Sydney Liaison'  has planned for the future.  Bring along some great food to share and be prepared to participate in the MBO iconic pointing at the sky photo that we plan to take.

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 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.