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National Science Week 2014 - "Stars in the Yarra Ranges"

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This August the Mount Burnett Observatory will again be involved in National Science Week, this time putting on four events around the Yarra Ranges in conjunction with the ARC Centre of Excellence for All-Sky Astrophysics (CAASTRO) called "Stars in the Yarra Ranges". A feast of astronomy for the whole family is coming to your town!

  • Look through a telescope!
  • Visit our wonder tent of experimentation!
  • Talk to leading  astrophysicists about their research!
  • See the latest raw images from current  space missions!
  • Join in the competition to name an exoplanet!

These are free events with no booking required.

6pm-8:30 pm Saturday 16th of August

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Museum of the Yarra Ranges, Lilydale
35-37 Castella St, Lilydale VIC 3140

Syed Uddin - Type 1A Supernovae and cosmology.

Dr Pietro Procopio - The cosmic microwave background.

6pm-8:30 pm Tuesday 19th of August

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Upwey Primary School
15 Darling Avenue Upwey VIC 3158

The primary school is at 15 Darling Ave which is a one way street, you will need to entire it directly from Burwood Highway, it's no entry from Mast Gully Road!

Prof Chris Power - Creating the universe in a computer.

6pm-8:30 pm Friday 22nd of August

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Emerald Secondary College
425 Belgrave Gembrook Road Clematis VIC 3782

Prof Karl Glazebrook - Galaxy formation.

Dr Duane Hamacher - the Indigenous astronomy of Melbourne and Victoria.

6pm-8:30 pm Saturday 23rd of August

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Beaconhills College
30-34 Toomuc Valley Rd, Pakenham VIC 3810

The entrance to Beaconhills Pakenham is from the Pakenham road (Healesville/Koo Wee Rup Rd). This is the road that runs parallel to Toomuc Valley Rd and is the access to the senior college.

Dr Ewen Barr - the Square Kilometre Array telescope

Dr Emily Petroff - Pulsars and fast radio bursts.

MBO Nat Sci Week brochure

Brought to you by Mount Burnett Observatory in association with the CAASTRO ARC Centre of Excellence for All-Sky Astrophysics.


Tuesday 29th April - Partial Solar Eclipse - Emerald, VIC

There is a partial eclipse of the Sun that will be visible from Melbourne on Tuesday 29th April and Mt Burnett Observatory will be outside the Emerald Community Centre on the main street of Emerald (opposite Mitre10) with equipment to view the eclipse safely between 4pm and 5:30pm.   Fingers crossed the weather will accomodate us!

REMEMBER: Never look at the sun without the correct protection - it will damage your eyes and can blind you.  Binoculars and telescopes should only be used to project images onto white card if you do not have proper solar filters.  Never try and look at the sun through them!


Birthday Celebration 25th January 2014

Mount Burnett Observatory are very excited to announce an Open Day and Birthday celebration to mark the second anniversary of our official opening.

The Observatory will be open to the public from 10am on Saturday the 25th of January with tours of the dome and activities for the children.

Festivities for members and guests commence at 6pm with a BBQ and the official welcome at 7pm. Our guest speaker is Professor Sarah Maddison of Swinburne University.

Members this is a fantastic opportunity to renew your membership for 2014.

Enquiries can be directed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or James Murray on 0409703929. Book your places at the celebration here (you only need to fill in one form per group). There is no charge for the event however we are raising funds for repairs to the dome and cabin and any donations would be gratefully received.