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Friday 25th July 2014 - Alex Filipenko video lecture - "The Formation of 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 will be number 37 in the series and is entitled "The Formation of Planetary Systems".   Planets form inside a cloud of dust and gas, which flattens as it contracts.  At the centre, the temperature is high enough to create a star: farther from the centre, leftover material collects into planets.

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 18th July 2014 - From Galileo to Gaia

 

NOTE: Our new entrance is up and running.  It is now at 420 Paternoster Road (our official address).  We have yet to put up a permanent sign and letter box, but they are not too far away.  Turn into the driveway for #418 (clearly signed), immediately veer left and follow the new track to the end, swing left past the Dome and park as usual. Note that the track is still "fresh" and should be driven on gently.

This Friday at 8pm we will have our regular "Learning Friday". Dr James Murray, Astrophysicist and our Outreach Officer will present on "From Galileo to Gaia".

Sometimes the simplest observations can be the most powerful. Starting from Galileo's hand-drawn images of Jupiter and its moons to Gaia's planned map of one billion stars, astrometry has always been an important part of astronomy. This Learning Friday talk will follow on from the Young Observers session in describing how the simplest of observations can lead to the most powerful of conclusions.

The session will also include a quarterly update on outreach activities including the upcoming extravaganza that is National Science Week. With MBO visiting four venues on four different nights in 8 days we really will be announcing our presence to the communities in the Dandenong Ranges. Find out how you can take part.

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 11th July 2014 - Sky For The Month

NOTE: Our new entrance is up and running.  It is now at 420 Paternoster Road (our official address).  We have yet to put up a permanent sign and letter box, but they are not too far away.  Turn into the driveway for #418 (clearly signed), immediately veer left and follow the new track to the end, swing left past the Dome and park as usual. Note that the track is still "fresh" and should be driven on gently.

July is the perfect time to go window shopping for a new tiara...of the celestial type - there's two of them in the sky! Small constellations they may be, but their delicate beauty is profound and this month is a great time to be spotting Corona Australis and Corona Borealis - the southern and northern crowns. Perry Vlahos will be guiding you through the July sky this Friday, showing you how to find these beautiful coscic jewels with your own eyes. All this plus many other interesting objects will be pointed out in a guided tour of the July sky by an expert. Make sure you don't 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.

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Friday 4th July 2014 - Clint Jeffrey on "Radio Astronomy within the Astronomical Society of Victoria"

NOTE: Our new entrance is up and running.  It is now at 420 Paternoster Road (our official address).  We have yet to put up a permanent sign and letter box, but they are not too far away.  Turn into the driveway for #418 (clearly signed), immediately veer left and follow the new track to the end, swing left past the Dome and park as usual. Note that the track is still "fresh" and should be driven on gently.

This Friday, we have as guest speaker, Clint Jeffrey, the ASV Radio Astronomy Section Director.  His talk will be "A Presentation on Radio Astronomy within the Astronomical Society of Victoria".  Clint’s talk will cover a brief tour of the pioneers of Radio Astronomy seguing into his first involvement with the Radio Astronomy Section of the ASV.

Topics he will cover are:

  • Comet Shoemaker-Levy impact with Jupiter and Mt Burnett (1994)
  • The 4.6 meter Dish project (1995 to 2000)
  • Radio Jupiter playing some sound recordings.
  • Setting up at Heathcote (ASV’s Dark Sky Site) (2008)
  • Locating a large Dish Antenna
  • Experiments and some results thus far.
  • Future Projects. And a mention of ASV Radio on 3541 KHz and VK3RTV2 TV Digital repeater on Friday nights.

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.