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Friday 31st March 2017 - Stephanie Bernard - Looking for the First Galaxies in the Universe

8pm this Friday 31st March we have Stephanie Bernard from The University of Melbourne speaking to us about "Looking for the First Galaxies in the Universe"!

There are many fundamental, unanswered questions about the young Universe, such as: how and when did the first galaxies form? How are they connected to galaxies like our Milky Way? I’ll talk about what we know about the first stars and galaxies to form in the Universe, our search for galaxies in the first 5-10% of the Universe’s history using the dual power of the Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes, and what we hope to see in the future with the new James Webb Space Telescope.

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.

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Friday 24th March 2017 - Dr Tanya Hill - The Light Fantastic

Friday 24th March at 8pm we are very lucky to have Dr Tanya Hill from the Melbourne Planetarium at Scienceworks coming to talk to us about "The Light Fantastic":

Almost everything we know about the universe has travelled to us on a beam of light. We can’t travel to a star or pull one apart to see how it works. Instead, astronomers use light and the stories it tells to piece together our understanding of the universe.

Dr Tanya HillDr Tanya Hill is the Senior Curator of Astronomy for the Melbourne Planetarium. Other museum curators might have cupboards or rooms overflowing with their collection items, but Tanya's collection is the night sky. Since 1999, Tanya and her creative team have been producing planetarium shows that are seen in planetariums across Australia and around the world. Tanya is a skilled science communicator and she is the Australian representative of the European Southern Observatory's Science Outreach Network and also writes an astronomy column for The Conversation, an online news source written by academics.

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 17th March 2017 - Beginners Workshop

Friday 17th March at 8pm we have a Beginners Workshop:

This Friday will be a "Beginners" Workshop, so bring along some astronomy gear to either show-and-tell, or to seek help on.  The more "stuff" we have, the more interesting the night will be.

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 10th March 2017 - Two Astronomy Video Lectures

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


Cosmos: A Space Time Oddysey, Ep 4 - Hiding in the light.


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


Alex Filippenko: Understanding the Universe, Ep 72 - Expansion of the Universe and the Big Bang.   The Universe can be thought of as expanding into a mathematical dimension to which we have no physical access.  Even an infinite Universe can expand, becoming less dense.  The expansion suggests that there was a hot, dense beginning long ago - a Big Bang.

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.