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7pm Tuesday 14th August: National Science Week Talk at Emerald Secondary College: Exoplanets!

As part of the celebrations of this years National Science Week at 7pm Tuesday 14th August at Emerald Second College we have Dr Laurent Pueyo from the Space Telescope Science Institute comig to talk about exoplanets!

Laurent Pueyo is an astronomer at the Space Telescope Science Institute, in Baltimore, Maryland. He earned his doctorate from Princeton University in 2008 and conducted his post-doctoral work as a NASA Fellow at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and as a Sagan Fellow at the Johns Hopkins University.

His research focuses on imaging faint planets around nearby stars. He has pioneered advanced data analysis methods that are now standard tools used to study extrasolar planets, and invented an optical technique that is now baselined for future NASA missions. At STScI his duties include optimizing the extrasolar-planet imaging capabilities of NASA's James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), scheduled to launch in late 2019.

Laurent is also a member of the Science and Technology Definition Team for the Large Ultraviolet Optical and Infrared telescope, a future observatory that will identify Earth-sized planets and assess their habitability.

PLEASE NOTE: This event is at Emerald Secondary College, not MBO, and the talk starts at 7pm!

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6:30pm Thursday 16th August 2018 - National Science Week "Science in VR" Regional Viewing Party

NOTE: THIS EVENT IS AT EMERALD SECONDARY COLLEGE NOT MBO!

On Thursday 16 August 2018 as part of National Science Week at 6:30pm Emerald Secondary College and Mount Burnett Observatory are hosting a regional viewing party for the Science in VR event. Take a guided tour of the universe with Professor Alan Duffy and Dr Rebecca Allan hosting via live stream from Mountain Goat Brewery. Virtual Reality headsets will be provided on a per family basis for registered guests (bring your own smart phone). 

Location:  Emerald Secondary College, 425 Belgrave Gembrook Road, Emerald, Victoria 3782

BOOKING REQUIRED: https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=410362&bof=1

SciVR website:  https://www.scivr.com.au

Science in VR headsets

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Wednesday 23rd May 2018 - World Record Stargazing at Emerald Secondary College

In August 2015 MBO participated in the successful World Record Stargazing event held at Emerald Secondary College, and just under 3 years later we're doing it again!

Join Mount Burnett Observatory at the Emerald Secondary College for an evening of fun and excitement as we try to break a Guinness World Record! This free community event will include a live screening of Stargazing Live with Brian Cox. A gold coin donation will be requested on entry to help the local community groups putting on this event.

You can find all the information about the event and register to attend at Eventbrite.

Hope to see you there!

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Friday 24th November 2017 - New Dome Opening, AGM & Neil Creek on "Astrophotography Through a Telescope"

Dear Member of Mount Burnett Observatory,

This is to provide notice of the society’s Annual General Meeting to be held on:

Friday the 24th of November at 7pm

at:

Mount Burnett Observatory
420 Paternoster Road Mount Burnett

The AGM will be the centrepiece of a fun evening. Events begin with a barbecue at 6pm. Following the meeting, Jason Wood, MP, member for La Trobe will officially open the new dome. At 8:30 our own guest speaker, Neil Creek, will be speaking on "Astrophotography Through a Telescope". Finally there will be tours of the new dome and viewing through our telescopes (weather permitting).

  • 6:00PM BBQ
  • 7:00PM Annual General Meeting
  • 8:00PM Official Opening of new dome/telescope
  • 8:30PM Guest speaker, Neil Creek - Astrophotography Through a Telescope
  • 9:30PM Telescope viewing (weather permitting)

In accordance with rule 30 of our association rules the AGM must be held to:

  1. Confirm the minutes of the previous AGM.
  2. Receive the Committee’s report on the previous year’s activities.
  3. Vote to accept the association financial statement for the club’s previous financial year (which ended June 30th 2017).
  4. Elect a new committee.
  5. Confirm or vary the membership fee.

Committee reports will be made available to all members via email at least 48 hours before the meeting.
All members of the association are entitled to attend the meeting.

Members are eligible to vote if they are over the age of 15 and have been a member for more than 10 days by the time of the meeting.

Members eligible to vote that cannot attend but wish to participate may appoint another MBO member to act as their proxy and vote on their behalf. Proxies must be appointed in writing (a proxy form is attached) and the form must be signed by the member appointing the proxy. Proxy forms can either be handed in to the secretary or emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. no later than 7pm Tuesday the 22nd of November.

Members eligible to vote and who are aged 18 or above are entitled to nominate for a position on the 2017 committee. Verbal nominations for committee positions will be accepted during the AGM or nominations may be submitted in writing in advance using the attached nomination form.

Committee positions to be filled at the AGM  are:

  • President.
  • Vice-President.
  • Secretary.
  • Treasurer.
  • A number of Ordinary Committee Members (as determined at the AGM)

For any further information regarding the AGM members are encouraged to email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone James Murray on 0409703929.

Kind Regards

Anthony Ferriere (secretary)
James Murray (president)
on behalf of the 2017 MBO committee