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Friday 13th October 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 11 - The Immortals. This episode covers how life may have developed on Earth and the possibility of life on other planets.


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


Alex Filippenko: Understanding the Universe, Ep 79 - The Paradox of the Dark Night Sky.   Why is the sky dark at night? In an infinitely old and large Universe the sky should be ablaze with light at all times. There are several possible answers to this paradox, each of which has profound cosmological implications. The relative youth of the Universe is now known to be the main explanation.

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 October - Sky For The Month with Perry Vlahos

8pm Friday 6th October we will have our monthly round up of events in this months sky from Perry Vlahos.

This Friday night for Members' Night we have Perry Vlahos in to point out what's worth pointing your eyes to during the month of October. This month is a perfect time to get out and have a look - the magnificent constellations of winter such as Scorpius, Sagittarius and Aquila are still around, but now more enjoyable to observe because of there's no freezing nights. And if you're really keen, Cygnus is in just the perfect position! Dispersed through these groups are the magnificent binocular object of 'The Coathanger', a crimson V Aquilae and the Dumbbell, to name a few. But there's also arguably the best coloured double star in the sky and Perry's favourite Messier object 'The Swan'. But wait, there's more; this month we're blessed by a visit from the children of Comet Halley - a meteor shower not to look forward to.

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 29th September 2017 - AstroLight Festival Roundup

8pm Friday 29th September This Friday we will have a report on the recent Astrolight Festival by some of our members who were there, plus the usual discussions and viewing through the telescopes (weather permitting!).

Our MBO Outreach Team have had a busy week, culminating in the AstroLight Festival at Scienceworks on Saturday. We had over a dozen helpers and also ran into a number of our members on the night, including Young Observer families. We manned a table all night long and ran telescopes. We fielded a huge amount of enquiries and have once again raised our profile in the wider community, as well as having a lot of fun! Thanks to Sue and Heike for being the main coordinators for us here and to everyone who came and helped. Congratulations also to Neil Creek and Braeden Borg for being invited as speakers at the event.

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 22nd September 2017 - Dr. Michael Murphy - The Secrets of Quasars

8pm Friday 22nd September we have Dr. Michael Murphy of Swinburne University of Technology as our guest speaker.  He will be talking to us about "The Secrets of Quasars":

Spectra of quasars, particularly the absorption lines imprinted on them by very distant galaxies between the quasars and Earth, are crucial to the understanding of our Universe. A surprisingly large amount can be learned about our Universe with this spectral technique. A novel application of this research is to measure the fundamental constants of nature in the distant, early Universe. We can also learn about how galaxies form and evolve, and how the gas around galaxies – the circumgalactic medium and intergalactic medium – ‘feeds’ galaxies throughout most of the Universe’s 14 billion year history.

Dr Michael Murphy is a Professor at Swinburne University of Technology in the Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing. He is an observational astrophysicist studying various aspects of cosmology, the Universe’s properties and evolution on the largest possible scales.This Friday, Michael will be visiting Mount Burnett Observatory providing a fascinating talk on his research on quasars and spectroscopy.

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.