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Friday 2nd May - Charlotte Swart - "Binary Stars, A Journey Together"

Friday 2nd May at 8pm one of our own members, Charlotte Swart, will present a talk entitled "Binary Stars, A Journey Together"

The talk will cover:

  • Discussion of study resources, books and websites
  • Reasons for studying binary stars
  • Terminology and history
  • Classification - by observation method, configuration
  • Visual Binaries - observational considerations, personal experience recalled
  • Newtonian Diagram
  • Orbital Elements

Following the talk and supper, there will be viewing through the MBO 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!

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Friday 25th April 2014 - Jon Oxer talks on doing science experiments in orbit with CubeSats

This Friday at 8pm, we are fortunate in having Jonathan Oxer giving us a talk about his involvement in the ArdusSat and CubeSat projects!

Running an experiment in space usually requires custom hardware to be launched into orbit at enormous cost. ArduSat is a project designed to change that, by maintaining a fleet of general purpose experimental satellites in orbit and allowing anyone with an interest in space science to design and run their own experiments right from their computer. The first three ArduSat satellites have already been launched and many more are on the way.

Jonathan Oxer designed the general purpose experiment module called the Payload Processor Module that was launched into orbit in ArduSat-1 and ArduSat-X, allowing anyone from hobbyists and school students to professional researchers to run their own experiments in space. In this talk he'll explain the background of the ArduSat project, the CubeSat satellite architecture, how satellites get into orbit, and the operation of the Payload Processor Module, showing how you can run your very own experiments in orbit.

Following supper, there will be viewing through the MBO 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.

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Friday 18th April - How Does the Easter Bunny Know When to Deliver?

This Friday at 8pm Perry Vlahos will talk about "How Does the Easter Bunny Know When to Deliver?" :-

What’s up with Easter? Why can’t it chill and sit still? Some years it can be as early as 22nd March and others as late as 25th April! Though sometimes difficult to imagine how astronomy plays a real part in our world, the date of Easter is a good example because it has its origins in observations of the Sun and Moon. This Good Friday night, MBO President Perry Vlahos, will give a fascinating talk on how Easter dates are derived astronomically, as well as his regular “Sky for the Month” talk on what are the highlights to observe in the sky over the next few weeks. Plus our yearly Easter Egg massacre during supper. Don’t miss it!

Following the presentation, there will be a light supper and viewing through the MBO telescopes. 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.  Guests are always welcome.

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Friday 11th April 2014 - Alex Filipenko video lecture on "Magnificent Saturn"

Friday 8pm will be the next in our series of "Understanding Astronomy" lectures with Dr Alex Filipenko. The title of this lecture is "Magnificent Saturn".   Best known for its extensive ring system, Saturn has come into focus recently thanks to the Cassini spacecraft, which landed a probe on Saturn's largest moon, Titan; and also discovered evidence of liquid water on the moon Enceladus.

After the lecture, there will be time for questions (and hopefully answers), followed by a light supper and viewing through the MBO telescopes. 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 (doors open 7:30PM). Guests are always welcome!

Please consider the neighbours and drive in quietly using low beam only, or better still, parking lights.