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Mount Burnett Observatory

A community astronomical observatory in the Dandenong Ranges

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Friday 1st August 2014 - Sky For The Month

There's a number of potentially cool astronomical events to observe this month: the conjunction of Venus and Jupiter, the Perseid Meteor Shower and the 'Ultra Super Premium Moon' (for one night only!) for example: but which ones are worth viewing and which are not worth losing sleep over for us in the Southern Hemisphere?  Perry Vlahos will tell it like it is this Friday night in his presentation of what's going on in the heavens for the month of August.  Don't complain you didn't know if you miss it.

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 quietly using low beam only, or better still, parking lights.


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 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 Upwey Primary School
15 Darling Avenue Upwey VIC 3158
Prof Chris Power - Creating the universe in a computer.
6pm-8:30 pm Friday 22nd of August 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 Beaconhills College
30-34 Toomuc Valley Rd, Pakenham VIC 3810
entrance via Gate E on the Healesville Koo Wee Rup Rd

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.

Sun, Moon and Planets

Moon Phase


Melbourne Weather

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Wind: N at 16.09 km/h
Thursday 6°C / 17°C PM showers
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Saturday 3°C / 11°C PM showers