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Friday 24th August 2018 - Jacquie Milner - Beginners Night: Robotic Space Missions; Now and the Near Future

8pm this coming Friday 24th August 2018 we have Jacquie Milner giving another talk aimed at beginners, but enjoyable by all, this time about "Robotic Space Missions; Now and the Near Future"!

We might not be sending humans any further than the International Space Station at the moment but there are many robotic space missions on the go further out amongst the planets of the solar system, all pouring reams of data back to Earth. Let’s take a moment to run through those that are currently active, those that are about to see some action and some that will be worth watching out for in the years to come. It pays to look forward to the long term in space exploration – it is usually worth the wait!

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 17th August 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 2 - The Spooky Universe. Did you know that electrons, discovered in 1897, have never actually been observed by scientists? Or that Quarks can only be studied in pairs? Or that as you travel faster and find yourself in a higher gravity, time ticks more slowly for you?  Delve into these and other mind-warping facts and insights about the fundamentals of matter in a lecture that covers everything from particle physics to quantum tunnelling to thermonuclear fusion.


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


Alex Filippenko: Understanding the Universe, Ep 88 - Dark Energy - Quantum Fluctuations.  According to one idea, repulsive dark energy having a negative pressure might be the result of a non-perfect cancellation of 'quantum fluctuations' in space, virtual particles created literally out of nothing, as predicted by quantum physics..

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 10th August 2018 - CANCELLED DUE TO HIGH WIND WARNING

IMPORTANT: METING CANCELLED DUE TO HIGH WIND WARNING!

Stay safe all...


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


Neil deGrasse Tyson - The Inexplicable Universe, Unsolved Mysteries, Ep 2 - The Spooky Universe. Did you know that electrons, discovered in 1897, have never actually been observed by scientists? Or that Quarks can only be studied in pairs? Or that as you travel faster and find yourself in a higher gravity, time ticks more slowly for you?  Delve into these and other mind-warping facts and insights about the fundamentals of matter in a lecture that covers everything from particle physics to quantum tunnelling to thermonuclear fusion.


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


Alex Filippenko: Understanding the Universe, Ep 88 - Dark Energy - Quantum Fluctuations.  According to one idea, repulsive dark energy having a negative pressure might be the result of a non-perfect cancellation of 'quantum fluctuations' in space, virtual particles created literally out of nothing, as predicted by quantum physics..

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 3rd August 2018 - Sky For The Month with Perry Vlahos

For this coming first Friday in August (3rd), we have Perry Vlahos coming to give us the low down on what's up in the nights sky for this coming month.

What excitement we've had recently with the Lunar Eclipse and the opposition of Mars.  If you missed the eclipse, sorry, there won't be another one till 2021! However, Mars is still at its best and will be throughout August. Is the dust storm subsiding? Can we now see the polar cap or Syrtis Major?

Come and find out the latest and also how to view the rest of the planets now visible, naked eye and with MBO telescopes, especially Saturn and Jupiter.

But that's not all, there's some excellent deep sky targets visible during August including some of the best and closely packed nebulae in Messier's catalogue: The Swan, Lagoon and Triffid nebulae, and clusters like the Wild Duck, M5 and Omega Centauri.  Plus a meteor shower to avoid - don't believe everything on the internet.

All this and much more in an always entertaining and fully illustrated talk by Perry - especially recommended for new members as everything is explained and easy to understand.

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.