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7pm Tuesday 9th October: Special Guest: Dr Pamela Gay (@starstryder) "Asteroids: Science, Mining, and Potential Extinction"

7pm Tuesday 9th October we have a very special guest coming to speak for MBO at Emerald Secondary College!

Got rock? Come hear @starstryder discuss asteroids and what they teach us about our solar system, and how they may be mined for resources or bring us death. She’ll also highlight the latest from @haya2e_jaxa and @OSIRISREx.

That's right! Thanks to the good offices of the Australian Skeptics Inc. we are very fortunate to have Dr Pamela L Gay (@starstryder on Twitter), Director of Technology and Citizen Science at the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, astronomer, writer, and podcaster coming to talk for us.Pamela Gay presenting a talk, image from her website

I am an astronomer, writer, and podcaster focused on using new media to engage people in science and technology. Through, I work to engage people in both learning and doing science. Join me as we map our Solar System in unprecedented detail through our citizen science projects, and learn astronomy through media productions like Astronomy Cast. Through this weekly podcast, Fraser Cain and I take you on a facts-based journey through our Cosmos, exploring not only what we know, but how we know it.

Dr Gay has a research background in variable stars and galactic evolution as well as being a great science communicator, active blogger, tweeter and artist!


7pm Tuesday 14th August: National Science Week Talk at Emerald Secondary College: Exoplanets!

As part of the celebrations of this years National Science Week at 7pm Tuesday 14th August at Emerald Second College we have Dr Laurent Pueyo from the Space Telescope Science Institute comig to talk about exoplanets!

Laurent Pueyo is an astronomer at the Space Telescope Science Institute, in Baltimore, Maryland. He earned his doctorate from Princeton University in 2008 and conducted his post-doctoral work as a NASA Fellow at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and as a Sagan Fellow at the Johns Hopkins University.

His research focuses on imaging faint planets around nearby stars. He has pioneered advanced data analysis methods that are now standard tools used to study extrasolar planets, and invented an optical technique that is now baselined for future NASA missions. At STScI his duties include optimizing the extrasolar-planet imaging capabilities of NASA's James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), scheduled to launch in late 2019.

Laurent is also a member of the Science and Technology Definition Team for the Large Ultraviolet Optical and Infrared telescope, a future observatory that will identify Earth-sized planets and assess their habitability.

PLEASE NOTE: This event is at Emerald Secondary College, not MBO, and the talk starts at 7pm!


6:30pm Thursday 16th August 2018 - National Science Week "Science in VR" Regional Viewing Party


On Thursday 16 August 2018 as part of National Science Week at 6:30pm Emerald Secondary College and Mount Burnett Observatory are hosting a regional viewing party for the Science in VR event. Take a guided tour of the universe with Professor Alan Duffy and Dr Rebecca Allan hosting via live stream from Mountain Goat Brewery. Virtual Reality headsets will be provided on a per family basis for registered guests (bring your own smart phone). 

Location:  Emerald Secondary College, 425 Belgrave Gembrook Road, Emerald, Victoria 3782


SciVR website:

Science in VR headsets


Wednesday 23rd May 2018 - World Record Stargazing at Emerald Secondary College

In August 2015 MBO participated in the successful World Record Stargazing event held at Emerald Secondary College, and just under 3 years later we're doing it again!

Join Mount Burnett Observatory at the Emerald Secondary College for an evening of fun and excitement as we try to break a Guinness World Record! This free community event will include a live screening of Stargazing Live with Brian Cox. A gold coin donation will be requested on entry to help the local community groups putting on this event.

You can find all the information about the event and register to attend at Eventbrite.

Hope to see you there!