Welcome to the Ballarat Observatory

3D Movies, Star Parties, Lectures, Night Sky Viewing and much more..

Learn about the Cosmos with our 3D Astrotour theatre, view planets & stars with our modern & historical telescopes.

To book a visit, contact our Science Officer,  on   61 3 5332 7526

SCHOOL HOLIDAY PROGRAM

The Third Rock Cafe is open from 4pm – 8pm Tuesday – Saturday in the School holidays

Reservations can be taken for any night .

Our Science Shop  is open 4pm -8pm Tuesday – Saturday  and later on booked days/nights.

Sun – Mon the Observatory is closed unless there is a pre – arranged booking 

or special event on.

For help in planning your visit, refer to the Diary of Phenomena below and the Frequently Asked Questions.

To Subscribe to our Events listing click here to download the iCal Calendar onto your iPhone, iPad or Computer

NEWS New Image from ESO -Galactic Serial Killer

eso1411aFrom the MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope at ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile shows two contrasting galaxies: NGC 1316, and its smaller neighbour NGC 1317. These two are quite close to each other in space, but they have very different histories. The small spiral NGC 1317 has led an uneventful life, but NGC 1316 has engulfed several other galaxies in its violent history and shows the battle scars.

New Dwarf Planet-like body Image Credit :Scott S. Sheppard/Carnegie Institution for Science. This orbit diagram shows the paths of Oort cloud objects 2012 VP113 (red) and Sedna (orange), which circle the Kuiper belt (blue) at the Solar System’s edge.

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What’s on at the Observatory

Diary of Astronomical Phenomena

How good is your backyard sky? Find out here- Light Pollution-What is It?

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