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Friday 29th August 2014 - Alex Filipenko video lecture - "Extra-Solar Planets Galore"

This Friday will see the next in our continuing series of Understanding the Universe, an Introduction to Astronomy by Alex Filipenko.  This lecture is number 39 entitled "Extra-Solar Planets Galore".  Because extra-solar planets are too dim to be seen directly, they are detected using a variety of ingenious techniques.  Two examples: minute variations in a star's spectrum and tiny changes in its brightness can signal the presence of planets.

Following the talk and supper, there will be viewing through the MBO 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 (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.



Welcome to Mount Burnett Observatory inc. We are an astronomical society based at Mount Burnett Observatory, in the Dandenong Ranges east of Melbourne. The Observatory was originally built in 1972 by Monash University. In 2011 the site was formally taken over by our organisation and it now has a new life as a community observatory. Our aim is to preserve the facility and to use it to promote astronomy and science to the communities in the Dandenongs.

The Observatory for members and guests every Friday from 7:30pm. Our Young Observers group meet on Saturday evenings once a month.

Sun, Moon and Planets

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Melbourne Weather




Humidity: 72%
Wind: N at 38.62 km/h
Monday 8°C / 15°C Rain
Tuesday 7°C / 14°C AM showers
Wednesday 4°C / 14°C Partly cloudy