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Friday 2nd November 2018 - Two Astronomy Video Lectures

At 8pm this Friday we have two different science videos for our regular members night:


Neil deGrasse Tyson - The Inexplicable Universe, Unsolved Mysteries, Ep 5 - Inexplicable Space. Scientists have made astounding progress in their grasp of the universe. But what remains to be understood? Investigate some perplexing aspects of space that science has uncovered in the last half-century. Learn about the mysterious trajectory of the Pioneer spacecraft (known as the "Pioneer anomaly"). Explore two of the longest-standing problems in astrophysics: dark matter and dark energy. And even try to map the shape of space-time.


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


Alex Filippenko: Understanding the Universe, Ep 90 - Searching for Hidden Dimensions.  The leading contenders for a theory of everything are 'string theories' which postulate that fundamental particles act like tiny, vibrating strings of energy. This approach requires at least 10 dimensions, most of which are curled up on miniscule size scales.

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 sharp (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 26th October 2018 - Sky For The Month with Perry Vlahos

8pm Friday 26th October 2018 we have (a week earlier than planned) Perry Vlahos giving his "Sky for the Month" talk, this time for November!

Members' Night is on every Friday night. 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 19th October 2018 - Jacquie Milner - Beginners Night: Jargon

8pm Friday 19th October 2018 we have our own Jacquie Milner with the latest in her series of beginners talks, this time about jargon in astronomy.

Astronomy is full of jargon, but in learning this language we learn so much more than just the meaning of a word. Tonight, we take a look at some of the terms we use to describe how we find our way around in the sky, and some particular points of interest, such as the poles – all six of them!

Members' Night is on every Friday night. 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 12th October 2018 - Two Astronomy Video Lectures

At 8pm this Friday we have two different science videos for our regular members night:


Neil deGrasse Tyson - The Inexplicable Universe, Unsolved Mysteries, Ep 4 - Inexplicable Physics. Among the many topics you'll learn about in this lecture are the discovery of more elements on the periodic table; muon neutrinos; tao particles; and the three regimes of matter; the secrets of string theory (which offers the hope of unifying all the particles and forces of physics); and even the hypothetical experience of travelling through a black hole.


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


Alex Filippenko: Understanding the Universe, Ep 89 - Grand Unification & Theories of Everything.  A major effort is underway to unify the mutually inconsistent theories of general relativity and quantum mechanics into a 'Theory of Everything'. Successfully explaining dark energy might serve as an observational test for such a theory.

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 sharp (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.