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.

May Program at the Observatory

Bookings essential for all times and events on 0429 199 312.

Daytime Theme: 3.15pm : Weekly Lecture Conflict to Cosmos free (Bookings essential)

Exhibition  open Tuesday – Saturday 3.00pm – 7.00pm and later if viewing, free.

Conflict to Cosmos - One of the major outcomes of communication during conflict has been the development of radio communications, ultimately leading to the development of radio astronomy. This new sub-field of astronomy, which Australia has and still excels, has “opened our eyes” to the unseen Universe. From super massive black holes to the faint glow from the formation of the Universe!

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Evening Theme: International Year of Light

6:00pm – 6:30pm – Movie Session: Bigger than Big and Telescope

6:30pm – 6:45pm – Q&A, Presentation about Light, Current events

6:45pm  (onwards) – Viewing at the telescopes (weather permitting) OR Tour of the observatory if cloudy

Theme: Galaxies and the Universe

6:00pm – 6:30pm – Movie Session: Bigger than Big and Spinning in Space

6:30pm – 6:45pm – Q&A, Current Events

6:45 (onwards) – Viewing at the telescopes (weather permitting) OR Tour of the observatory if cloudy

Viewing only night

6.00pm (onwards) – Viewing at the telescopes (weather permitting) OR Tour of the observatory if cloudy

Theme: Space Missions

6:00 – 6.30pm Movie Session: Mars and Extreme Places

6.30pm (onwards) – Viewing at the telescopes (weather permitting) OR Tour of the observatory if cloudy

From 6.00pm viewing.

 

 

The Third Rock Cafe is open Tuesday – Saturday 4-7pm bookings essential
(03 5332 7526 between 4 and 7pm Tuesday – Saturday or  0429 199 312 outside these hours.)
Bookings essential  – for Menu click here.

Our Science Shop  is open Tuesday – Saturday  4-7pm  and  later on Fri- Sat if viewing is still in process.

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

 

 

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What’s on at the Observatory

Diary of Astronomical Phenomena

SUNRSE and SUNSET Times Ballarat

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

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