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.


1st – 14th July Program at the Observatory

Saturn is very close to Earth now and is a beautiful object  in the telescopes.

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

Come on an exciting adventure and discover Pluto.

As the New Horizons satellite travel on the last few days of its journey, before reaching its closest point to Pluto, come along and learn about this very distant object.

cost for activity and viewing only $20 Adults, $15 Conc, $8 children, $45 family of 4, $50 family of 5.

3.00-4.30pm Build your own Pluto System activity for children. What do you think Pluto looks like?

4.30-5.00pm Break for dinner – order with booking

Pumpkin or Potato Soup and roll $5

Hot Meat and vegetable rolls $3.50

Hot Vegetable rolls $3.50

Tea/Coffee / Milo $2.50

5.00 – 6.00pm Viewing at the telescopes if clear, Venus, Jupiter and Saturn plus other objects or The little Things 3D movie if cloudy.


Viewing at the telescopes from 5.30pm

Booking includes viewing at the telescopes – Venus, Jupiter and Saturn. The winter sky will be magnificent with the center of our Galaxy high up in the sky allowing us to explore some of the exotic objects that lie around it.

DRESS FOR THE SNOW so that your internal heater doesn’t drop too low!

5.30pm: Third Rock Cafe open.
5.30 – 6:30pm: Session 1 - Viewing at the telescopes  (depending on the weather)


Tuesday 14th July New Horizons arrives at Pluto!


7.30pm   Special Lecture: New Horizons reveals Pluto

Usual charges apply for lecture and viewing at the telescopes.

9:49:59 pm Closest approach of the New Horizons satellite at Pluto


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.

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For Information about Current & Future Projects and to make a Donation, click this link


plutonh-apr16-may12-2015These images show Pluto in the latest series of New Horizons Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) photos, taken May 8-12, 2015, compared to LORRI images taken one month earlier. In the month between these image sets, New Horizons’ distance to Pluto decreased from 68 million miles (110 million kilometers) to 47 million miles (75 million kilometers), as the spacecraft speeds toward a close encounter with the Pluto system in mid-July. The April images are shown on the left, with the May images on the right. All have been rotated to align Pluto’s rotational axis with the vertical direction (up-down), as depicted schematically in the center panel. Between April and May, Pluto appears to get larger as the spacecraft gets closer, with Pluto’s apparent size increasing by approximately 50 percent. Pluto rotates around its axis every 6.4 Earth days, and these images show the variations in Pluto’s surface features during its rotation. These images are displayed at four times the native LORRI image size, and have been processed using a method called deconvolution, which sharpens the original images to enhance features on Pluto. Deconvolution can occasionally add “false” details, so the finest details in these pictures will need to be confirmed by images taken from closer range in the next few weeks. All of the images are displayed using the same linear brightness scale. New Horizons satellite-NASA.



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What’s on at the Observatory

Diary of Astronomical Phenomena

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