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Friday 16th Mary 2014 - Alex Filipenko video lecture on "Uranus and Neptune, the Small Giants"

This Friday at 8pm we have another Alex Filippenko lecture, this one being "Uranus and Neptune, the Small Giants".  Though less massive than Jupiter and Saturn, Uranus and Neptune are similar in that they consist mostly of hydrogen and helium.  Both have bizarre magnetic fields that are highly tilted relative to the planet's rotation axis and offset from the planet's centre.

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 9th May - Dr John Innis - "Mount Burnett 1982 - 1987. A retrospective view"

This Friday, a special treat!  Our guest speaker is Dr John Innis, who will be telling us what "our" Observatory was like in its heyday. The title of his talk is: Mount Burnett 1982 - 1987. A retrospective view.
 
John Innis completed his B.Sc.(Hons) and Ph.D. in the Monash Physics Department in optical astronomy, and used the Mount Burnett Observatory for his studies.  John will talk about some of the observing methods, the science, and other memories from the time.

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.

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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.