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Xmas Party - Friday 20th December!

For this week’s Members’ Night we have a jam-packed program for you, and get there early so that you don’t miss anything. Firstly, it’s our end of year Xmas party night, so please bring along some goodies to share with the rest of the membership, after our main talk.

For this week’s presentation, our President, Perry Vlahos, will be showing clips from some of your favourite science-fiction movies and TV shows, and dissecting them to show how they got the space and astronomy content wrong – starting from the opening scene of Star Wars and ending with Gravity. And making a detour to some all-time classics prior to this, too. Which ones got it right, and which ones were so bad that even The Simpsons did it better? As they say, all will be revealed...in the final episode!

This will also be one of the last opportunities to see the naked eye Nova Centauri 2013, before it fades from view. We’ve not had one as bright as this since 1989. If you’ve not seen a naked eye nova before, or any for that matter, don’t miss this chance to have somebody point it out for you.

Furthermore, our pre X-mas Members’ Night is traditionally on the Summer Solstice weekend, which marks the most southerly setting of the sun for 2013 (shortest nights and longest days), and we’ll do as we’ve done over the last couple of years when we’ve watched our local star set from the dam wall. However, there’ll be no sacrifices, unless it’s cloudy. In which case we can take a vote on what to sacrifice to appease the cloud gods!

As always, there will be observing through the MBO telescopes when it gets dark enough.

The celebrations begin at 8pm (woo-hoo!) and guests are welcome.

The MBO would also like to say Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all our members, their families and friends.

Members' Night is on every Friday night commencing at 8PM.  Guests are always welcome.

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Friday 6th December

This week we will have our monthly "Sky for the Night" talk by Perry Vlahos followed by supper then viewing through our telescopes (weather permitting).  The 18" telescope is now fully operational thanks to Ken Beard and his helpers, so we can put that to good use!

Members' Night is on every Friday night commencing at 8PM.  Guests are always welcome.

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Friday 14th November

Will Comet ISON be the 'Comet of the Century'? What are the best planets to view this month? Which constellations are the most prominent as we head toward summer? How many deep sky objects are worth looking at in the next few weeks? What's happening in the sky during November? If you don't know the answer to these questions then you should come along to Members' Night this week; our President Perry Vlahos will give you a guided tour through late spring skies with naked eye, binoculars and telescopes.

The presentation will be followed by supper and viewing through the MBO telescopes.

Members' Night is on every Friday commencing at 8PM. Visitors are always welcome.

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Friday 8th November

This week we are very fortunate to have as our guest speaker the Director of the Comet Section of the British Astronomical Association, Richard Miles.  His topic for the evening will naturally be comets and how they and asteroids may have some similarities, and also give us updated information on current comets such as the much anticipated Comet ISON and how it may perform in light of the latest observations.  It promises to be a fascinating presentation.  Mark it on your calendar and make sure you don't miss it.
As always, the talk will be followed by supper and viewing through the MBO telescopes.
Members' Night is on every Friday night commencing at 8PM.  Guests are always welcome.