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Friday 30th September 2016 - Rosettas Final Rendezvous with Comet 67P

Friday 30th September is a fateful night for the ESA Rosetta mission...

With Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko heading away from the Sun it will become harder to communicate with and power Rosetta and so the ESA has taken the decision to drop Rosetta down onto the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

Join us for a night of celebration of the Rosetta Mission so bring some food to share if you can, make & bring the ESA paper model of Rosetta & Philae, or just come to share the moment.

We will have videos, images and (hopefully!) live streaming the ESA coverage of the end of the mission - ESA have said Rosetta will be returning images on this final descent to the surface.

Sadly there will be no images from the surface as Rosetta is extremely unlikely to end up pointing back to Earth when it lands and will automatically turn itself off on impact, so this will be its last hoorah.  But the science will live on!


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 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 23rd September 2016 - The Messier Catalogue

8pm Friday 23rd September we have our own Braeden Borg to tell the story of The Messier Catalogue:

Peer into the dark sky and see if you can spot magnificent M42, or perhaps marvellous M7. What is the significance of these 'M' objects, and what makes them so magnificent? The Messier Catalogue is a collection of some of the brightest deep sky objects in the sky. These fantastic objects range from gargantuan galaxies, to brilliant and beautiful star clusters. However, most of these were found by accident - but what's the reason for putting them all in a catalogue? Join Braeden Borg this Friday on a talk through space and time on the famous astronomer's achievements and his well-known astronomical catalogue - and why it's the best known list amongst professional and amateur astronomers. Let's roll back the clock to mid 1700s France, and see what caught Monsieur Messier's keen eyes

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 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 September 2016 - AstroLight16 recap

8pm Friday 16th September is our next members night.

We will have a recap of the recent AstroLight16 event at ScienceWorks that MBO was involved in with photos and reports from those who were there.

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.


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 9th September 2016 - Two Astronomy Video Lectures

At 8pm this Friday we will be having two different science videos for your enjoyment and education:


Universe, Ep 1 - Big Bang.  Did our universe begin twelve billion years ago when a seething mass of energy exploded?


A brief supper, followed by two parallel streams of either:


Alex Filippenko: Understanding the Universe, Ep 66 - Birth Cries of Black Holes.  Until recently, astronomers had no smoking gun to identify the precise location and cause of gamma-ray bursts.  Now they have assembled an abundance of clues pointing to two separate mechanisms: the collapse of a massive star, and the merging of two neutron stars - in each case creating a black hole.

Supper, discussions in cabin, observing.   Or:


Visual observing through the 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.


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.