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Friday 13th June 2014 - Alex Filipenko video lecture - "Comets - Gorgeous Primordial Snowballs"

Friday 8pm we will have the next in our series of Understanding the Universe, an Introduction to Astronomy lectures by Alex Filipenko.  This lecture will be number 35 in the series and is entitled "Comets - Gorgeous Primordial Snowballs".   Comets are "dirty snowballs" from beyond the orbit of Neptune.  As the approach the Sun, they begin to evaporate and produce gaseous tails.  In 2005, a space probe impacted comet Tempel 1, revealing the nature of its interior.

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 6th June - Sky For The Month

Ever seen the Butterfly Cluster?  How about the Hamburger Galaxy? Or what about the 'celestial eye-test' and 'hockey stick'?  At this week's Members' Night, Perry Vlahos will take you on a journey through these spectacular objects during his monthly "Sky for the Month" presentation.  He'll tell you what they are as well as how you may track them down in the sky for yourself.  Despite the cooler weather of early winter, some of the best celestial sights in the heavens are placed to advantage at thius time, so rug up well and join us this Friday night at Mt Burnett Observatory.

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 30th Mary 2014 - Alex Filipenko video lecture

This Friday at 8pm we have another Alex Filippenko lecture entitled "Pluto and its Cousins".   Discovered in 1930, Pluto was long considered a planet.  However, the detection of more and more objects in the same region strongly suggests that it is a member of a reservoir of comet-like bodies in the Kuiper belt.

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 23rd May - Mike Thompson - "Astrophotography"

Our guest speaker this Friday at 8pm is Mike Thompson who, together with Chris Rudge (one of our speakers from last year) run the Junior Section at the Astronomical Society of Victoria.  He will be talking to us about astrophotography this week.

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.