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7pm Friday 23rd November 2018 - Annual General Meeting

Dear Member of Mount Burnett Observatory,

This is to provide notice of the society’s Annual General Meeting to be held on:

Friday the 23th of November at 7pm

at:

Mount Burnett Observatory
420 Paternoster Road Mount Burnett

Following the meeting there will be a cutting of the ribbon by the federal MP to the new dome, before moving onto our special guest speaker and MBO member, Pam Bain.

Pamela Bain, In-House Artist with the Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing at Swinburne University, will talk about her work that intersects art with science and her involvement with the astrophysics programme, DEEPER WIDER FASTER.  She will also announce an up-coming exhibition next year to mark the Moon landing anniversary and tell us about her on campus art workshops for the Swinburne Art Stars – a team of PhD students and staff members who come together to create … stuff.

AGM Information

In accordance with rule 30 of our association rules the AGM must be held to:

  1. Confirm the minutes of the previous AGM.
  2. Receive the Committee’s report on the previous year’s activities.
  3. Vote to accept the association financial statement for the club’s previous financial year (which ended June 30th 2018).
  4. Elect a new committee.
  5. Confirm or vary the membership fee.

The full agenda is available as a PDF here.

Committee reports will be made available to all members via email at least 48 hours before the meeting.

All members of the association are entitled to attend the meeting.

Members are eligible to vote if they are over the age of 15 and have been a member for more than 10 days by the time of the meeting.

Members eligible to vote that cannot attend but wish to participate may appoint another MBO member to act as their proxy and vote on their behalf. Proxies must be appointed in writing (a proxy form is attached) and the form must be signed by the member appointing the proxy. Proxy forms can either be handed in to the secretary or emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. no later than 7pm Tuesday the 20th of November.

Members eligible to vote and who are aged 18 or above are entitled to nominate for a position on the 2018-19 committee. Verbal nominations for committee positions will be accepted during the AGM or nominations may be submitted in writing in advance using the attached nomination form.

Committee positions to be filled at the AGM  are:

  • President.
  • Vice-President.
  • Secretary.
  • Treasurer.
  • A number of Ordinary Committee Members (as determined at the AGM).

For any further information regarding the AGM members are encouraged to email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone James Murray on 0409703929.

Kind Regards

Anthony Ferriere
M.B.O. Secretary
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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 CosmoQuest.org, 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!

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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!

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

NOTE: THIS EVENT IS AT EMERALD SECONDARY COLLEGE NOT MBO!

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

BOOKING REQUIRED: https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=410362&bof=1

SciVR website:  https://www.scivr.com.au

Science in VR headsets