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Friday 19th September 2014 - Alex Filipenko video lecture double bill

The speaker scheduled for this Friday, Tom Richards, has apparently had an altercation with a tractor, so his talk will be delayed for a few weeks until he (not the tractor) is fully recovered.  We wish him all the best.

In Tom's place, we will continue the Understanding the Universe series with Alex Filipenko.   As the next two 30-minute talks are on a similar subject, we will have them both together:

Lecture 40 - Life Beyond the Earth - The recent discovery of extra-solar planets rekindles the age-old question of whether there is life beyond Earth.  This lecture examines the possibility of rudimentary life on other planets and moons in the Solar System.

Lecture 41 - The Search for Extraterrestrials - Are there intelligent extraterrestrials elsewhere in our Galaxy?  One way to search is to scan the radio spectrum for evidence of their electronic signals.  The 'Drake Equation' suggests ways to estimate their prevalence.

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.

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Inaugural Public Viewing Night - Tuesday 23rd September 2014

On Tuesday September 23rd Mount Burnett Observatory will be running our inaugural public viewing night. The evening will include a tour of the Observatory and viewing through our portable telescopes. The session, led by our experienced star guides, starts at 7:15 pm and runs to 9:15pm. 

The cost is $10 per adult and $5 per child. Unfortunately this evening is now booked out. To enquire about future events (which will be held regularly) please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please consider the neighbours and drive in and out quietly using low beam only, or better still, parking lights.

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