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Friday 4th April 2014 - Barry Cleland on Keplers Laws

8pm this Friday at Mount Burnett we are proud to present our very own Barry Cleland who will bring Kepler's laws to life by demonstrating how to calculate Jupiter's mass using nothing more than a ruler, the free planetarium software Stellarium, and three silver spoons.

Afterwards there will be time for questions (and hopefully answers), followed by a light supper and viewing through the MBO telescopes if the weather behaves. 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 28th March 2014 - Alex Filipenko video lecture on "Jupiter and Its Amazing Moons"

This Friday at 8pm we were to have had a guest speaker, but while we will be having a few coming up soon, this time the planets didn't align as hoped.  Accordingly we will be having the next in our "Understanding Astronomy" series with Alex Filipenko.

The title of this lecture is "Jupiter and Its Amazing Moons".  Beyond Mars lie the four gas giants: Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune.  Jupiter is the Solar System's largest planet by far.  Its moons include Io which is volcanically active, and Europa, which may have an ocean of water below its frozen surface.

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.  Guests are always welcome.

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Friday 21st February - James Murray - "Chaos in the Solar System"

This Friday at 8pm we will have our regular "Learning Friday". Dr James Murray, Astrophysicist and our Outreach Officer will present on "Chaos in the Solar System":

Anybody who has taken a small child shopping will instinctively understand that it is possible for two bodies that start with almost identical positions and velocities to rapidly end up at opposite ends of the supermarket (or solar system). This is chaos at work. This Friday the 22nd of March James will describe the forces that at once turned a higgledy piggledy set of planets into the nicely ordered set we have today, and at the same time make it very difficult to predict where the planets will be in the future (although at least one is likely to be at the sweets counter).

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

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Friday 14th March 2014 - Alex Filipenko video lecture on "Of Mars and Martians"

This Friday at 8pm is our regular "Understanding the Universe" lecture by Alex Filipenko.  The topic for this month is "Of Mars and Martians".  Recent missions to Mars provide evidence for an early water-rich era that may have fostered primitive life.  Today, Mars is a cold, apparently lifeless world. Evidence for fossil life in a Martian meteorite remains controversial.

Following the lecture, 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.

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