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Friday 6th March 2015 - Toby Brown - "How to Build a Galaxy"

8pm Friday 6th March we have Toby Brown from Swinburne University talking about "How to Build a Galaxy":

The galaxies we see in the Universe are huge. Most of them almost certainly have a supermassive black hole sitting at their centre, they have diameters hundreds of thousands of light years across and reside at such large distances that are even our closest neighbours are millions of light years away. Defined by their vast quantities of stars, gas, dust and dark matter entangled in a constant cycle of creation and destruction, galaxies house most of the universe’s visible matter. But why do galaxies exist? And how do they evolve?

My research uses state-of-the-art telescopes and simulations to observe the gas, dust and stars in galaxies that are millions or even billions of light years away from the Milky Way. The different factors that make up a galaxy emit light at different frequencies, allowing us to use multi-wavelength observations to dissect and analyse their structure and composition. Studying the interdependency of these galactic building blocks is of primary importance if we are to further our understanding of the galaxies and the role their environment plays within the universe.

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). Members and their guests are always welcome.

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 that information.

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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

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Radio Astronomy Group - call for expressions of interest from members!

For a while a few of us have been talking about how we could return radio astronomy to MBO after its brief debut under Monash to record the impact of comet Shoemaker–Levy 9 into Jupiter in July 1994. Coincidentally, those of you who were at the MBO Open Day will know, we've been gifted a prototype "tile" of the Murchison Widefield Array (MWA) radio telescope via the good offices of CAASTRO and Curtin University in WA which has the possibility of being returned to a functioning state.

MWA

So I'd like to hear from MBO members who are interested in working on this and other radio astronomy projects through a Radio Astronomy Group at MBO!

The idea is to be pretty ad-hoc whilst we work out what we have (and don't have) as part of the MWA tile and gather information on how it is meant to function.
 
If you are interested please email me, Chris Samuel, at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Photo round up of MBO Open Day 2015

On Saturday 24th January 2015 it was a pleasure to welcome new members and old to Mount Burnett for our third birthday party and annual open day. There was a huge turnout of over 170 visitors with over 40 joined on the spot. Even the weather was kind and the viewing that night was fantastic.

We would like to thank all those members who worked so hard on the day. It was hard work but everybody enjoyed themselves. Sue, Heike, Ken, Barry, Angela, Chris S, Glen, Bob, Perry, Dianne, Braeden, Lachlan and dad, Jeff, Rhys, Stephanie and David, and everybody who shared their telescopes and time in the evening. Thank you!

Here is a roundup of photographs from the day and there are more on our Facebook photo page!

 MWA radio telescope tile demonstration Peter starry shirt Evening observing

Kids inside cabin Binocular winner

BBQ Perrys talk

Wooden telescope Early viewing with dobs

 

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Welcome

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.

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Membership

We welcome new members to our association.  Membership helps keep the Mount Burnett Observatory running by contributing towards our lease, maintenance costs, infrastructure, electricity bills, etc.

Membership fees for 2015 calendar year are $50 for an adult, and $25 for a junior or spouse membership. Under 12s are free but must be accompanied by an adult at all events.  Benefits include members nights (every Friday night from 8pm at the telescope) and invitations to periodic events run by the Observatory.


 Like to join? It's easy!

  • Fill in the editable PDF Membership Application form and save to your desktop,
  • Do an online bank transfer to:
    • BSB: 633 000 (Bendigo Bank)
    • Account No: 143733558
  • Forward the Membership Application form with payment details to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Post a hard copy with your signature to: MBO Membership Secretary, PO Box 718, Emerald, Vic 3782

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  • you can print out the Membership Application form, complete it, scan and send with payment details to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

OR:

  • Come along to a meeting, pick up a form, fill it out and pay the membership fee.

 If you are an existing member who is renewing, or if you wish to donate to MBO, you can:

  • Do an online bank transfer to:
    • BSB: 633 000 (Bendigo Bank)
    • Account No: 143733558
  • Forward your payment details to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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  • Come along to a meeting and pay the membership fee.

Please contact us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information on joining, renewing or donating.

Our rules of association can be found here.

Members of the association are entitled to view Mount Burnett's financial statements. They are available on request (via email) to the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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