This Friday sees the return of our incredibly popular viewing nights. The telescopes will be out in force (and the weather forecast looks good) so bring your woollen hat and gloves and enjoy a tour of the autumn sky.
What an exciting couple of weeks! The annular eclipse last Friday, Eurovision over the weekend, but we are over the Moon to be able to announce a special offering this Friday at Mount Burnett.
We will be showing the last ever interview given on camera by Neil Armstrong. He's the most reclusive of all the astronauts that walked on the moon (he turned down a request to appear on the excellent feature length documentary "In The Shadow of the Moon"), but we're happy to bring to MBO this 45 minute interview in his own words about his upbringing, his time flying in the Korean War, astronaut training, the Apollo missions, and what it was like to stand on the moon. Fascinating stuff! But, best of all he'll take you on a ride over the moon's surface as seen from the window of 'The Eagle' (lunar-lander module) to once and for all prove there is no doubt we went to the moon. Don't miss it, whatever you do.
telescopes. Rumors that our president will sing "Partial eclipse of my heart" in astronomical tribute to Britain's entry to the Eurovision song contest are unfounded.
Members' Night is on every Friday night commencing at 8pm. First time visitors are always welcome.
Autumn is open cluster round-up time in our skies and Perry Vlahos will give us an illustrated presentation on where the best ones live and how to find them in our skies. This will be followed by a practical demonstration with laser pointer in the real sky and then all the MBO telescopes will be trained on them, to see what all the fuss is about. You’ve heard of some of them before like the Jewel Box and the Pleiades, but what about the Snail Shell Cluster, the Pincushion, the Pyramid, the Winklepicker and the Beehive?! All these plus more will be explored with our telescopes; forget the reruns of ‘Everybody Loves Raymond’, get off of the couch and get to MBO, because astronomers know everybody really loves clusters! Oh and bonus points for spotting the fake cluster.
As always, supper is provided and everybody is welcome. Members’ Night is on every Friday commencing at 8pm
Who let the Dobs out?
This week we’ve decided to try something totally different and get you observing in small teams, using all the available MBO Dobsonian telescopes, under the leadership of an experienced observer at each ‘scope. At this time of year there are many inspiring objects to observe including the unforgettable ringed-wonder Saturn, the magnificent globular cluster Omega Centauri, the inspiring bat-wings of the Orion Nebula, the beautifully coloured blue and orange stars of the double ‘h3945’, the superb piece of celestial jewellery known as the Jewel Box Cluster, and the stupefying glow of the Hamburger Galaxy.
You’ll be sure to see something that leave's a lasting impression.
A couple of short talks will begin the evening’s entertainment, followed by supper, before heading outside to view the sky. Members’ Night is on every Friday night and begins at 8pm, all are welcome.