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Saturday 4th June 2016 - Young Observers

The Young Observers will meet on Saturday 4th June.  New split times apply so for the juniors (Nebulae) we will start at 6:30pm - 7:15pm  (15 minute gap) and then the older juniors (Supernovae) will run from 7:30pm - 9pm. Please bring a plate of food along to share.  Please remember to park along the driveway with headlights facing away from the dome as our session usually runs alongside Deep Sky.  Please do not park along the dam wall this area is reserved for telescopes to be set up only.  
 
Young Observers is exclusive to Members Only.
 
See you then!
Roslyn, Jacquie and the Young Observers team


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.

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Saturday 7th May 2016 - Young Observers

The Young Observers will meet on Saturday 7th May.  New split times apply so for the juniors we will start at 6:30pm - 7:25pm  (15 minute gap) and then the older juniors will run from 7:40pm - 9pm. Please bring a plate of food along to share.

Please remember to park along the driveway with headlights facing away from the dome as our session usually runs alongside Deep Sky. Please do not park along the dam wall as this area is reserved for telescopes to be set up.

Please note: Due to demand Young Observers is now exclusive to Members Only.

See you then!
Roslyn, Jacquie and the Young Observers team


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.


 Last Saturday was the May meeting for Young Observers and we had good attendance for both the younger Novae and the older Supernovae groups. Starting at 6.30pm the Novae kids learnt about the three main kinds of rock, igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic, from Kerrie, and then used that find evidence of water on Mars. They donned some red/blue glasses and viewed some images taken by the Curiosity rover and saw lots of the layered sedimentary rocks that were laid down by water long ago on the red planet. Then James showed a video about the ExoMars mission and there was a discussion about how space probes were launched and what will happen when ExoMars reaches Mars in October. Pavel was able to get a dob out to show a few bright objects but the sky was mostly cloudy on the night.
 
The Supernovae then had their turn at 7.40pm with Jacquie and started with a lesson on the basic features of Mars and why it only comes to opposition once every two years. There was also some history about why people thought there might be life on Mars and why we keep hoping to find some there. After snacks we had a quiz on what we had just covered about Mars, then a brief introduction to the history of the constellations in preparation for future lessons on learning our way around the sky.
 
- Jacquie Milner

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Saturday 2nd April 2016 - Young Observers

The Young Observers will meet on Saturday 2nd April.  New split times apply so for the juniors we will start at 6:30pm - 7:25pm  (15 minute gap) and then the older juniors will run from 7:30pm - 9pm. Please bring a plate of food along to share.  Please remember to park along the driveway with headlights facing away from the dome as our session usually runs alongside Deep Sky.  Please do not park along the dam wall this area is reserved for telescopes to be set up only.  We have a special presentation from our Young Observers who went to the LMDSS Messier Star Party and Jacquie has planned the monthly sessions.  See you then!

Roslyn, Jacquie and the Young Observers team!


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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MBO Young Observers: 7:30pm Saturday 5th March 2016

Calling all our Young Observers!

March is all systems go for our Young Observers.  Some of our Young Observers will be attending the ASV Messier Star Party and attempting to observe 100 objects in one night!  If you wanted to attend the camp and do not have the details please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for all the information.  

For those not heading to the Star Party, the Young Observers will meet at MBO on Saturday the 5th March at 7:30pm with Jacquie and Heike. Please note that this year we are asking people coming to YO to book in to help us with planning the sessions. Enquiries and bookings to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. please!

The Young Observers team met on Friday night to discuss a new format for the Young Observers heading into April and you will hear more about this in the coming weeks.  Keep your eyes on the NASA website in the coming days as Scott Kelly finishes his year on the International Space Station.

Yours,
Roslyn, Jacquie, Heike,  Kerrie, James and Anthony.