“Discover the Amazing Universe.”
Visit Ballarat and come to Ballarat Municipal Observatory Museum and Learn about the Cosmos with our 3D Astrotour theatre, view planets & stars with our modern & historical telescopes.
Gift Vouchers are available for the Science Shop or for 3D Tours and Viewing.
Bookings essential for all times and events on 03 5332 7526 or after hours on 0429 199 312 unless otherwise stated. Opening hours are as below.
Check each days opening times, as they vary. If you are visiting Ballarat on a day when the Observatory is closed, but the evening is looking perfect, and you cannot come on another evening, ring us to book in a visit, by 3pm, we are very flexible.
The Third Rock Cafe bookings essential.
Book on 03 5332 7526 between the above hours or on 0429 199 312 outside these hours.
Our Science Shop is open the same hours as above.
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.
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What’s on at the Observatory
- GLOBE at Night 2016 on January 1, 2016 8:00 pm
- School Holidays – Juno Reveals Jupiter 2016 on September 1, 2016 6:00 pm
- Introduction to Astronomy Course – October 2016 on October 1, 2016 5:30 pm
- International Observe the Moon Night 2016 – Seniors Week on October 8, 2016 6:45 pm
- Starry Summer Night – The Sci-Fi Event 2017 on January 28, 2017 6:00 pm
The Ballarat Observatory and Golden Nugget Discovery Tours have come together to give you an unforgettable bush and night time experience.
We care for our Environment and Planet Earth.
As the sun sets, the Australian bush comes alive, a chance to encounter, depending on their being present on the night, some local wildlife such as
Kangaroos, Possums, Gliders, Owls, Frogs, Bats, and other night wild life and then to look through telescopes at the Observatory to discover the wonders of the night sky.
More information here
For Information about Current & Future Projects and to make a Donation, click this link
First Earth has a second moon, HO3, and now Proxima Centauri, the closest star to our solar system, has a planet, Proxima B, two great discoveries in our lifetime! Proxima B was discovered using the HARPS instrument on the ESO 3.6-metre telescope. The attached image, shows Proxima, designated TYC9010-4949-1 just East of Rigel Kentaurus, Alpa Centauri (second closest star system, it is a binary star). Proxima is only visible in telescopes, being magnitude 10.56. The most you can see with your eyes is about Magnitude 6 depending on the quality of the ‘seeing’.
The Canadian Regional Park was opened by the Premier Daniel Andrews on Friday 5th August.
This new park provides a wonderful resource for the Community in perpetuity. The Community came together and the Local and State Government listened. Congratulations to all involved in this landmark decision.The preservation of the night sky over the South of Ballarat, the flora and fauna and the recreational purposes for the wider community have been the great outcomes.