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Saturday 4th April 2015: Lunar Eclipse

This Saturday will be the last in a series of three lunar eclipses visible from Australia in 2014/15 and so Mount Burnett Observatory will be open for the night (weather permitting).  Totality is only around 5 minutes starting at 10:58pm, but there's over an hour of partial eclipse from 9:16pm onwards.

Our Deep Sky Observer Braeden Borg will be keeping closer to Earth than usual to lead this session and the Mount Burnett Observatory will be open from 7:30pm onwards.

The BoM is forecast is promising so keep your eye on their Melbourne forecast and also Skippy Sky (click the Melbourne link at the top to see a closer view)!

This is the last total lunar eclipse visible from Melbourne until early 2018 so don't miss it!


Friday 13th March 2015 - "Stars and Symbols" at Yarra Ranges Regional Museum

MBO is on the road so join us at Yarra Ranges Regional Museum for a night of stargazing on Friday 13th March from 5pm to 9pm!

Image of a hand stencil formed by blowing paint around it by Nawakadj Nganjmirra

We have been kindly invited to run an evening session called "Stars and Symbols" in conjunction with YRRM with astronomy displays and telescopes to guide you through the night sky using the museums indoor and outdoor spaces, showing you the wonders of the universe. Outdoor stargazing is, as always, weather permitting.

You can also enjoy free access to the YRRM exhibition "Myths and Legends of West Arnhem Land", where kids can complete a scavenger hunt to learn about the significant symbols in these drawings from the Northern Territory.

Hot food, cakes, coffee and sandwiches will be available for purchase at the Museum Harvest Cafe.

Dates: Fri 13 March 5pm-9pm
Venue: Yarra Ranges Regional Museum
Address: 35-37 Castella St Lilydale
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Suitable for: Young adults  Children  Families  Adults  
Cost: FREE


Saturday 24th January 2015 - MBO Open Day and Third Birthday Party!

Mount Burnett Observatory Inc will be 3 years old on Wednesday 21st January, so we will be celebrating on Saturday 24th with an open day and an evening BBQ, talk and celebration!

  • 1pm until 6pm will be the MBO annual open day - everyone is welcome to come and visit to see what we do and our facilities.
  • 6pm onwards will be our third birthday party, including...
  • 7pm a talk by Perry Vlahos about what there is to see in the coming months sky, and..
  • 8:30pm observing through the observatories telescopes (weather permitting)

During the day time we will have:

  • Tours of the observatory
  • A solar telescope for safe viewing of the sun (never look at the sun without proper protection, you will damage your eyes!)
  • Interactive activities
  • Astronomical videos and images
  • Historical photo displays about the observatory
  • ...and possibly a piece of the Murchison Widefield Array radio telescope!

Everyone is welcome and as an enticement anyone who has joined or rejoined by Saturday will be in the running for a great pair of Saxon 10x50 binoculars! :-)

Please note: MBO will always be closed on days of Severe, Extreme and Code Red fire ratings, please see the CFA website for that information.


Friday 5th December 2014 - hillsceneLIVE 3 Special Event + Sky For The Month

Friday 5th December is not our usual members night - instead the Mount Burnett Observatory has the great pleasure to be hosting "hillsceneLIVE 3" for the Burrinja Cultural Centre in Upwey.  For information on how to book please see this external page, or contact the Burrinja Box Office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on 9754 8723.

As part of the event the MBO's own Perry Vlahos will be running through what there will be to see in the December sky.

hillsceneLIVE 3

Friday 5 December | 6:00pm – 9.30pm | Mt Burnett Observatory, 420 Paternoster Road, Mt Burnett

Imagine watching films in trees, descending a stairwell into an intimate theatrical encounter, immersing yourself in performance installations, hearing poetry in an observatory dome, or even listening as local astronomy buffs guide you through the solar system.

Incredible art, inspiring performance, summer-time food and a licensed bar

hillsceneLIVE 3 extends our passion for unusual spaces. This event will be held at the Mt Burnett Observatory, a unique venue comprising small theatrette, outdoor spaces, a giant telescope, hidden nooks, and more! Mt Burnett have generously offered the use of their telescopes for this event: a rare opportunity to get up close and personal with 100 billion stars.

hillsceneLIVE supports the ambitious, the bold, the risky and the brave. Come along on a fanciful journey of live art and performance: be bewildered, inspired and rejuvenated by some of the Dandenong Ranges’ most talented artists.

To keep this event as green as possible, please register for our FREE return shuttle bus service from Belgrave Train Station - Departing 5:30pm.

Dinner by AfroFeast: Australia’s only African mobile food truck. Serving delicious pan-African street foods, using organic and ethically-sourced products wherever possible.
You may pre-order and pay for a 'meal and show' package at the time of ticket booking. Food will still be available for purchase on the night at truck prices; pre-ordering just makes it easier for everyone!

Please note: We have introduced a nominal ticket fee for this event. Your purchased ticket will allow us to provide a fee to artists. By purchasing a ticket for this event, you are supporting the development of artists and their creative endeavours in this wonderful hills region.

Capacity is REALLY limited – so be sure to book early to avoid disappointment.

Date: Friday, 5th December
Venue: Mt Burnett Observatory, 420 Paternoster Road, Mt Burnett
Time: 6:00pm – 9:30pm

Ticket Options...
$20 Admission
$32.50 Admission & Meal (meal’s by Afro-Feast)


  • 5:30pm – FREE Shuttle Bus departing from Belgrave Train Station or
  • Car-Pool – Limited parking on site

Dinner: You may pre-order and pay for a meal at the time of ticket booking.

Got Questions...
Contact the Burrinja box office via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 9754 8723

Wheelchair/special needs access: Advanced bookings are essential. Please contact our Box Office via 9754 8723 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For up to date information, program release and logistics, please click 'attending' at: or
Join the conversation via #hillsceneLIVE


hillsceneLIVE is supported by the Victorian Government through Arts Victoria and the University of Melbourne, Faculty of VCA and Music.