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Friday 2nd September 2016 - Sky For The Month with Perry Vlahos

8pm Friday 2nd September we have Perry Vlahos speaking who will reveal what there is to see in the September sky.

David Bowie must have known something when he sang, “...there’s a starman, waiting in the sky...”, and this Friday night Perry Vlahos will point out the Klingon ‘Bird of Prey spacecraft in which the starman is waiting! It’s a constellation hidden in the starry sky, but once it’s pointed out, you’ll have no trouble finding it for yourself. But what about the ‘starman’ I hear you ask? Well...it does appear that we have recently received a signal originating from deep space, so he may be there after all. Perry will also give us the skinny on this, plus showing us the most interesting things to look for in the September sky, including a ‘coathanger’ for your winter jackets as we head into spring and warmer weather.


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 19th August 2016 - Free Form Friday

This Friday will be a Free Form Friday, a time to bring our astro gear for show and tell or to request assistance, astro pictures (yours or others), discussion topics, news items, etc.

The weather report for Friday suggests that only the most hardy will be outside looking for stars, so rug up, be prepared to ask and answer questions, perhaps bring a little supper to share, and see you all then.

Don't forget that MBO will be closed the following Friday - we will all be at Emerald Secondary College for the talks by Dr Duane Hamacher & Dr Matthew Whitehouse.


Following the talks and supper there will be viewing through the MBO telescopes (weather permitting).

Members' Night is on every Friday night commencing at 8PM (doors open 7:30PM). Members and their 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 that information.

For weather information please see our useful links.

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Friday 12th August 2016 - Two Astronomy Video Lectures

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


A Visual Guide to the Universe, Ep 18 - The Afterglow of the Big Bang.  Conclude your cosmic tour by probing the echo of creation: the faint afterglow of the big bang, which is present everywhere in space.  View this signal in increasing detail provided by spacecraft, and uncover its astonishing story about the earliest epoch of our vast universe.


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


Alex Filippenko: Understanding the Universe, Ep 64 - Quantum Physics and Black-Hole Evaporation.  Originally, astronomers thought that black holes were truly black, but physicist Stephen Hawking has calculated that black holes slowly evaporate through a quantum mechanical process.  Very small black holes should literally explode as a burst of gamma rays!

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.

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Friday 5th August 2016 - Sky For The Month with Perry Vlahos

8pm Friday 5th August we have Perry Vlahos to give us the low down on what's up in the August nights sky.

The Universe works in mysterious ways, revealing itself to us in spectacular events from time to time, and this Friday night Perry Vlahos will be telling us about one that's just about to happen. It hasn't happened for over 10 years and most people would not have witnessed the last one as it happened in the pre dawn hour near sunrise. In fact it was probably only seen by farmers, their cows and breakfast radio presenters. This one occurs at a far more user friendly hour and everyone can see it! What is it and when to observe it, I hear you ask? There's only one way to find out - be at the MBO this Friday night for Perry's presentation.


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.