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Friday 6th April 2018 - Sky For The Month with Perry Vlahos

At 8pm this coming Friday 6th April we have Perry Vlahos for our members night talking to us about the coming months night sky.

Following many months without any planets in the evening sky, with the end of Daylight Saving Time we also have the three best planets coming into view and this Friday night. Perry Vlahos will be telling us how to go about finding and observing them in the April sky. Jupiter is the first to rise and it's over the horizon by 8pm and ready for eyes and telescopes to be trained on it. It's followed by both the stunning Saturn and it's rings and Mars getting ever closer and brighter, both of them well and truly risen over the horizon before 11pm. If you'd love to be able to identify the planets amongst all the other stars in the sky and point them out to family and friends, then don't miss this presentation on Members' Night this Friday, starting at 8pm. Supper follows the talk and then viewing through MBO telescopes (weather permitting).

Members' Night is on every Friday night commencing at 8PM sharp (doors open 7:30PM). Guests of members are always welcome. Contributions of food to share for supper are always gratefully received and demolished! :-)


Please consider the neighbours and drive in and out quietly using low beam only, or better still, parking lights.


Please note: MBO will always be closed on days of Severe, Extreme and Code Red fire ratings, please see the CFA website for up-to-date information.

For weather information please see our useful links.

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Friday 30th March 2018 - Easter at MBO

8pm Friday 30th March we have Perry Vlahos with an Easter special!

The MBO has always traditionally remained open for Members' Night on Good Friday and this year will be no exception. Apart from the Easter Bunny dropping off a bunch of chocolate eggs and other fine tasting goodies for the membership, Perry Vlahos will be giving a talk on the most often observed astronomical phenomenon - the moon, because there's still a whole lot to divulge about it that isn't ordinarily known. For example, how is the moon responsible for Easter? Is there really extra admissions to hospitals and call-outs for police when it's full? And how did it save the lives of Christopher Columbus and his men? All this plus much, much more will be explained in an always entertaining presentation where no brains will be harmed in the process.  Following the talk there will be a delicious supper and viewing through MBO telescopes.

Members' Night is on every Friday night commencing at 8PM sharp (doors open 7:30PM). Guests of members are always welcome. 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.


Please consider the neighbours and drive in and out quietly using low beam only, or better still, parking lights.


Please note: MBO will always be closed on days of Severe, Extreme and Code Red fire ratings, please see the CFA website for up-to-date information.

For weather information please see our useful links.

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Friday 23rd March 2018 - Braeden Borg: The Earth System: One Moon and Thousands of Artifical Satellites

8pm Friday 23rd March 2018 we have our own Braeden Borg, Avionics Test Engineer for the Melbourne Space Program, talking to us about "The Earth System: One Moon and Thousands of Artifical Satellites"

The proliferation of technological endeavor by humankind has once again made the earth a unique planet in our solar system. Despite only having one formally know moon, the earth is surrounded by thousands of artificial satellites contributing to its orbital population. The purpose of these satellites, their historical importance, and finally their anticipated fate will be discussed. The Earth System is a fascinating topic to discuss, but a more dire situation as a result of humanity's need to grow its technology will be revealed. Join Braeden Borg, an Avionics Test Engineer for the Melbourne Space Program, this Friday night for a talk on natural and artificial satellites in relation to the earth.

Members' Night is on every Friday night commencing at 8PM sharp (doors open 7:30PM). Guests of members are always welcome.


Please consider the neighbours and drive in and out quietly using low beam only, or better still, parking lights.


Please note: MBO will always be closed on days of Severe, Extreme and Code Red fire ratings, please see the CFA website for up-to-date information.

For weather information please see our useful links.

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Friday 16th March 2018 - Jacquie Milner - Space Weather: Part 2 - Geomagnetic Storms

8pm Friday 16th March we have our Jacquie Milner continuing her beginners talk introduction to space weather, this time on "Geomagnetic Storms".

Last month we focused on the Sun and solar activity, but this month is all about what happens when that solar output reaches Earth. While aurorae are the most obvious effect of increased solar activity, there are other less obvious (and more unwelcome) effects that occur, ones that have important impacts on our increasingly electrical-reliant society. We will also take a look back in history to the Carrington Event of 1859, and why it’s been rescued from an interesting footnote in astronomical history to be held aloft as a portent of apocalyptic doom in recent times.

Members' Night is on every Friday night commencing at 8PM sharp (doors open 7:30PM). Guests of members are always welcome.


Please consider the neighbours and drive in and out quietly using low beam only, or better still, parking lights.


Please note: MBO will always be closed on days of Severe, Extreme and Code Red fire ratings, please see the CFA website for up-to-date information.

For weather information please see our useful links.