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Friday 15th June 2018 - Jacquie Milner - Beginners Night: Mars at Opposition

8pm Friday 15th June 2018 we have our very own Jacquie Milner giving another in her series of beginners talks, this one on "Mars at Opposition":

The red planet is a destination close to our hearts and minds, but it only comes close enough to get a decent view of it once every two years. Even then, some oppositions are better than others, and during late July Mars will be the closest is has been since 2003. So what features can be seen from Earth with our amateur telescopes? Or will a growing Martian dust storm wipe the whole lot out? Find out on Friday at our next Beginners Night!

Members' Night is on every Friday night commencing at 8PM sharp (doors open 7:30PM). Guests of members are always welcome. Contributions of food to share for supper are always gratefully received and demolished! :-)


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.

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Friday 8th June 2018 - Two Astronomy Video Lectures

At 8pm this Friday we have two different science videos for our regular members night:


TBA: details to follow


A brief supper, followed by two parallel streams of either:


Alex Filippenko: Understanding the Universe, Ep 85 - Ripples in the Cosmic Background Radiation.  The cosmic microwave background radiation preserves intriguing details about the Universe around 380 000 years after the Big Bang, when the temperature had cooled enough so that neutral atoms formed, allowing photons to pass freely through space.

Supper, discussions in cabin, observing.   Or:


Visual observing through the 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 sharp (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.


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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Friday 1st June 2018 - Sky For The Month with Perry Vlahos

8pm on Friday 1st June 2018 we have our own Perry Vlahos giving his monthly round up of the events to be aware of in the nights sky.

Winter is coming! Yes, just like the iconic phrase in the GOT fantasy series, it's about to happen for real right here on Mount Burnett. But it's not all doom, gloom, clouds and rain - there's also some fantastic sights in the sky that are only seen at their best during this season and Perry Vlahos will tell us about them this Friday night. He'll also tell us how and why the winter solstice occurs and what it really means, apart from getting your lantern ready to shine. Finally, he'll explain how the moon can be used to find and identify some of the most interesting objects in the sky. He'll also answer any questions from the floor, but don't ask why your sundial doesn't work now that you placed it under the shade of that large tree!

Members' Night is on every Friday night commencing at 8PM sharp (doors open 7:30PM). Guests of members are always welcome. Contributions of food to share for supper are always gratefully received and demolished! :-)


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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Friday 25th May 2018 - Dr Patricia Vickers-Rich - Dinosaurs

8pm on Friday 25th May 2018 we have a rare non-astronomy talk for our members night, but instead of looking back in time by looking up at the sky we'll be looking back in time by looking under the ground.

Ever wonder what the world was like about 600 million years ago or even 100 million? Well come to the observatory this Friday, get in the call with Dr Patricia Vickers-Rich (sorry, Dr Who was not available that evening!) and we’ll dial up the right time and off we go! Pat's talk will cover two areas which she has an interest in; dinosaurs and their associates which inhabited what is now southern Victoria some 106 to 130 million years ago. This has been a project that she and her husband have been pursuing for more than 40 years. We will also be taken further back to a time called the Precambrian more than 542 million years ago when the first animals appeared.
 
Pat holds a PhD degree from Columbia University gained at a time in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s when a major paradigm shift was taking place in geology. There was a change from viewing continents as always where they are today, to thinking about how they moved about in the past. Plate tectonic theory gave this a mechanism that explained how this could have happened. What a wonderful time to be a graduate student based at one of the three institutions that were at the forefront of this new idea. She came to Australia soon after she finished her degree and has taught at Monash University and now at Swinburne in Palaeobiology ever since.

Members' Night is on every Friday night commencing at 8PM sharp (doors open 7:30PM). Guests of members are always welcome. Contributions of food to share for supper are always gratefully received and demolished! :-)


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.