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Friday 27th April 2018 - Astronomy Open Mic

8pm this Friday 27th April we have one of our occasional "Astronomy Open Mic's"!  Come tell us what you know!

Black holes eating stars. The search for planet 9. Rockets launching, spacecraft crashing and high school students classifying stars. It is all happening out there in space (and down here too!) This Friday we will hold Open Mic Friday. So bring along your favourite astronomical news item to discuss with the members. Open Mic Friday is also a great opportunity to introduce your telescope or favourite piece of star-gazing equipment to other members. Maybe you have taken some great new photographs with it or perhaps you just cannot get a clear image. We want to hear it all.

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 20th April 2018 - Jacquie Milner - Beginners Night: Observing Jupiter

8pm Friday 20th April 2018 we have our own Jacquie Milner giving the latest in her series of beginners talks, this time on "Observing Jupiter":

For our next Beginner’s Night we are going to take a look at observing Jupiter. Perhaps you think all there is to see is a couple of “lines” across it and some “stars” that are its moons? But there is so much more to the biggest planet in the solar system! Come along and learn why your sketches won’t look quite right if you use a circular template, what the names of the cloud features on Jupiter are (They have names? Yes, they do!), how to find the Great Red Spot, what’s happening to the Great Red Spot, why you can never have all four Galilean satellites lined up in order on the same side, and many more interesting facts and features that should make your 2018 Jovian observing season rich and rewarding.

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 13th April 2018 - Two Astronomy Video Lectures

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


The Commission for Dark Skies - Light Pollution.  The Commission for Dark Skies is the United Kingdom's largest anti-light-pollution
campaign group forming part of the international dark-sky movement.


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


Alex Filippenko: Understanding the Universe, Ep 83 - Einstein's Biggest Blunder?  The unexpected finding that the Universe is expanding at an ever-faster rate lends support for the existence of a non-zero cosmological constant, a formerly discredited idea of Einstein's which he once called "his biggest blunder".

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 6th April 2018 - Sky For The Month with Perry Vlahos

At 8pm this coming Friday 6th April we have Perry Vlahos for our members night talking to us about the coming months night sky.

Following many months without any planets in the evening sky, with the end of Daylight Saving Time we also have the three best planets coming into view and this Friday night. Perry Vlahos will be telling us how to go about finding and observing them in the April sky. Jupiter is the first to rise and it's over the horizon by 8pm and ready for eyes and telescopes to be trained on it. It's followed by both the stunning Saturn and it's rings and Mars getting ever closer and brighter, both of them well and truly risen over the horizon before 11pm. If you'd love to be able to identify the planets amongst all the other stars in the sky and point them out to family and friends, then don't miss this presentation on Members' Night this Friday, starting at 8pm. Supper follows the talk and then viewing through MBO telescopes (weather permitting).

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.