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Friday 22nd August 2014 - National Science Week at Emerald Secondary College

There will be no members night at the observatory on Friday 22nd August, instead we shall be at Emerald Secondary College for National Science Week from 6pm to 8:30pm, all welcome!

We will have two speakers, Prof Karl Glazebrook talking about Galaxy formation and Dr Duane Hamacher speaking on the Indigenous astronomy of Melbourne and Victoria.  We'll also have telescopes, experiments and the most recent data from NASA and ESA space missions!

More details on our page about National Science Week!

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Friday 15th August 2014 - Women Astronomers who made history

On Friday 15th August at 8pm Barry Cleland will give a presentation titled – "Women Astronomers who made history" – some of whom should have received the Nobel Prize. Barry will talk about 6 of them and a couple of related topics. As Neil deGrasse Tyson said in one of the episodes of “Cosmos,  A Spacetime Odysesy”  - 3 of them "Blazed the way to modern astrophysics"

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.

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.

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Friday 8th August 2014 - Alex Filipenko video lecture - "The Quest for Other Planetary Systems"

This Friday at 8pm we will have the next in our series of Understanding the Universe, an Introduction to Astronomy lectures by Alex Filipenko. This lecture is number 38 entitled "The Quest for Other Planetary Systems".  In 1995, the first extrasolar planet was discovered around a Sun-like star.  Since then over 1800 have been found.  The easiest to detect are those with large masses, close to their host stars, and with brief orbital periods.

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.

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 and out quietly using low beam only, or better still, parking lights.

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Friday 1st August 2014 - Sky For The Month

There's a number of potentially cool astronomical events to observe this month: the conjunction of Venus and Jupiter, the Perseid Meteor Shower and the 'Ultra Super Premium Moon' (for one night only!) for example: but which ones are worth viewing and which are not worth losing sleep over for us in the Southern Hemisphere?  Perry Vlahos will tell it like it is this Friday night in his presentation of what's going on in the heavens for the month of August.  Don't complain you didn't know if you miss it.

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.

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.