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Friday 17th June 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 17 - The Cosmic Reach of Gamma-Ray Bursts.  Search for the origin of the most powerful explosions since the big bang. Known as gamma-ray bursts, these colossal beams of high-energy radiation are among our deepest views into the cosmic past. Also consider the chance that a nearby gamma-ray burst could cause a mass extinction on Earth.


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


Alex Filippenko: Understanding the Universe, Ep 63 - Wormholes- Gateways to Other Universes?  Rotating black holes appear to connect our Universe to others or provide shortcuts-or wormholes-within our Universes.  This raises the theoretical possibility of time travel, although several factors seem to rule it out.

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 24th June 2016 - Melbourne Space Program

7:30pm at Emerald Secondary College Performing Arts Centre - NOT MBO!

Mount Burnett Observatory and Emerald Secondary College are proud to welcome the Melbourne Space Program for an evening of space fun and information. The evening will begin at 7:30 with the centrepiece being a lecture and Q&A on space science by members of the Melbourne Space Program team.

If you want to work in space science but don't know how to take the first step then this event is for you.

The Melbourne Space Program is pleased to take part in Space Night hosted by the Mount Burnett Observatory and Emerald Secondary College.

The Melbourne Space Program is a team of over 100 ambitious and creative students from the University of Melbourne. Our members come from a range of schools and faculties but share a passion for technology and innovation, and all hope to play a role in the establishment and expansion of the Australian space industry.

In order to achieve our ambitious goal, the team is currently designing and testing a range of different technologies with the view to create innovative nano-satellites. The unique features of these satellites, especially their compact size, enable our team to pursue inventive projects that will impact the telecommunications industries among many others.

If you are interested in getting involved in a space career but don’t quite know how, then come along to the Space Night to learn about the growing aerospace industry in Australia or come by to ask us about our nano-satellite!

If you are interested in learning more about the Melbourne Space Program, check us out on our website or social media!

Website: http://space.unimelb.edu.au

Facebook: Melbourne Space Program @MelbSpace

Twitter: @melbournespace

Instagram: @melbspace

The evening is free and open to all, but we do ask you to book online via Eventbrite to get an idea of numbers:

https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/space-night-tickets-25686143948

The Emerald Secondary Astronomy Club and MBO will have telescopes set up for public viewing.

For all this and more reserve your places now!

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Friday 10th June 2016 - Robert Dahni - "Cloud Free Night (Cloud Forecasts for Australian Astronomers)"

8pm Friday 10th June we are lucky to have Dr Robert Dahni coming to talk to us about his website "Cloud Free Night (Cloud Forecasts for Australian Astronomers)":

Cloud Free Night (Cloud Forecasts for Australian Astronomers) is a non-profit online weather forecast information service, for the benefit of the Australian amateur and professional research astronomy community. It is unique in offering a comparison of the widely available forecasts from the United States GFS global model with higher resolution forecasts from the Australian Bureau of Meteorology ACCESS model. The latest high-resolution Himawari-8 satellite images from the Bureau of Meteorology, including animation of the most recent images, are also available.

Dr Robert Dahni (retired Meteorologist) worked in the Australian Bureau of Meteorology for over 30 years. His roles included weather forecasting, IT support in research and operations, data management and software development for domestic and international projects. He is skilled in the analysis and visualisation of meteorological data, mapping of weather information, and the development of decision support systems. He continues to combine his passion for weather and astronomy in retirement.



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 3rd June 2016 - Sky For The Month with Perry Vlahos

Friday 8pm we have Perry Vlahos giving his roundup of the 'Sky for the Month' for May 2016:

This time he will be giving us the skinny on the beautiful and interesting constellation 'Scorpius', tracing out its shape, pointing out its best naked eye sights, binocular targets, double stars, clusters and nebulae. Furthermore, he'll also show us how to get a fix on the south celestial pole without the use of any electronic or telescopic aids, using a number of different methods. Many secrets of the sky will be revealed in this always entertaining and fully illustrated presentation - don't miss it!


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.