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Friday 15th September 2017 - Cassini Mission Grand Finale

8pm Friday 15th September is our members night in celebration of the end of the NASA Cassini Mission at Saturn.

Launched 19 years and 11 months ago the NASA Cassini spacecraft is due to plunge into the atmosphere of Saturn around 9-10pm on Friday 15th September, perfectly timed for our members night. Jacquie Milner & Chris Samuel will lead you on a celebration of its 13 years of orbiting Saturn, imaging its moons, rings & atmosphere in all its stunning beauty plus those unexpected discoveries that awed us just as much before we adjourn at 9pm to watch NASA TV's coverage of the fiery end of Cassini's grand finale. Cassini's last scheduled image will already have been taking during our morning but it will already be returning real time science data as it enters the atmosphere. Come and vote for your favourite mission image and enjoy some Cassini-themed food while we wait for the end.

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 8th September 2017 - Two Astronomy Video Lectures

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


Cosmos: A Space Time Oddysey, Ep 9 - The Lost Worlds of Planet Earth. This episode explores the palaeogeography of Earth over millions of years, and its impact on the development of life on the planet..


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


Alex Filippenko: Understanding the Universe, Ep 78 - Feeding the Monster.   This lecture explores the disks of gas around supermassive black holes. Material escaping from the vicinity of these objects often follows a highly focussed jet along the rotation axis of the disk, sometimes approaching or even appearing to surpass the speed of light.

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 1st September - Sky For The Month with Perry Vlahos

8pm Friday 1st September we have Perry Vlahos's "Sky for the Month" presentation!

As we leave the bitterly cold nights behind us and head into the more inviting spring evenings, there's a number of interesting objects and phenomena to look out for. Perry will not only be pointing out the brightest stars, planets and constellations visible this month, but also some of the deep sky objects worth looking for with naked eye, binoculars and small telescopes. So, even if you don't possess 'Hubble Junior', Perry will show you how to make the most of whatever size optical instrument you have, so that you may begin your journey to the stars. Don't miss this always educational, entertaining and fully illustrated talk.

Members' Night is on every Friday night commencing at 8PM sharp (doors open 7:30PM). Guests are always welcome.  Supper follows the talk and please feel free to bring some food as a contribution if you are able!


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 25th August 2017 - Dr Duane Hamacher

8pm this Friday 25th August 2017 we have our own Dr Duane Hamacher of Monash University speaking for us.  You can follow Duane as @AboriginalAstro on Twitter.

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.