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Friday 17th November 2017 - Ian Sullivan - Constellations, Their Origin and Development

8pm Friday 17th November Ian Sullivan (ASV & MPAS) will be our guest speaker, talking to us about "Constellations, Their Origin and Development":

The naming of groups of stars in the night sky is traced through folklore, and the customs, of ordinary people,to illustrate stories or reinforce daily life. They also enable scientific classification by astronomers to aid observation. They are areas of sky  encompassing any star, cluster, or galaxy found within, named after shapes they resemble, or stories they symbolise.  Ancient Greek science has supported old mythology to give Greek science and culture a dominant role over others in naming, but which is now internationally  controlled.

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.

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Friday 10th November 2017 - Two Astronomy Video Lectures

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


Cosmos: A Space Time Oddysey, Ep 13 - Unafraid of the Dark. This episode explores the mysteries of dark energy and dark matter, as well as the contributions and theories of Swiss astronomer Fritz Zwicky, who furthered our understanding of "supernovae, neutron stars and 'standard candles.'" The finale reveals a recording of life on Earth - the final message on the golden record of the space probe, Voyager.


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


Alex Filippenko: Understanding the Universe, Ep 80 - The Age of the Universe.  How old is the Universe? The Hubble Space Telescope was designed, in part, to answer this question. You follow the chain of reasoning that has led astronomers to conclude that the Universe began 13.7 billion years ago.

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 3rd November - Sky For The Month with Perry Vlahos

8pm Friday 3rd November we will have our monthly round up of events in this months sky from Perry Vlahos.

It's that time of month again this Friday, no, not to pay the rent, but to pay attention to Perry Vlahos as he tells us about what sights are in store for us over the next four weeks. This is always an informative and entertaining presentation, keeping the jargon out and explaining all that needs clarification. No brains are ever harmed at 'Sky for the Month' Fridays! This time we'll find out about an almost forgotten meteor shower that's predicted to make a comeback - will it roar, or will it fizzle and not be worth missing sleep over. Also find out what the connection is with the Melbourne Cup and the starry sky, and will it help you to pick a winner? All this plus your astronomical questions answered and much, much more.

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 20th October 2017 - Beginner’s Night: The Deep Sky

8pm Friday 20th October 2017 we have our own Jacquie Milner giving the latest in her series of beginners talks, this time on "The Deep Sky".

So, you’ve got a telescope! You’ve looked at the Moon, and you’ve found Jupiter and Saturn. Fantastic! But what else is out there to see? Come this Friday and find out about what amateur astronomers call the deep sky – star clusters, nebulae, galaxies and more. We will also discuss what is needed to see some of celestial beauties why you sometimes be left wondering if you’ve missed something.

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.