Welcome to the Ballarat Observatory

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

130th Year

“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.

 Things to do and Places to Stay before or after your visit or ask our Demonstrators for a copy of the Visitors Guide to Ballarat.

Gift Vouchers are available for the Science Shop or for 3D Tours and Viewing.

The 2017 Calendar packed with Astronomical images, maps and information is now available in our Science Shop

Bookings essential for all times and events on 03 5332 7526 or after hours on 0429 199 312.

NB  Opening  hours are stated below, and the Observatory will be open to late with a booking for 

3D Movies, tours and viewing. Bookings essential for viewing.

Note: It would be appreciated if you could book by 3.00pm on the day of your visit.

PROGRAM

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 verrrry flexible.

BOOKED OUT

5.30pm: Capturing the Cosmos  25 mins  Our new show about the very latest Radio Astronomy being done in Murchison WA and the Star Mapping of the Heavens  in NSW.

The Red Planet Mars, as well as Jupiter and Saturn are now visible in the evening sky.

6.00pm Viewing at the telescopes (weather permitting) or if cloudy  a Tour of the Observatory, Whats up Tonight with our virtual Night Sky program and extra 3D movie. Cancellations by 4pm  okay if cloudy, but no discount if you come as we have an alternate program.

Cost: $20 Adults, $15 Conc, $10 Students < 18, $50 Family 2A &2S, $55 2A & 3+S.  is by Cash or Direct Deposit on your Mobile, NO Eftpos.

Bookings essential on 0429 199 312 or 61 3 5332 7526

Observatory and Cafe and Science shop open from 3.00pm.

3.30pm: Bigger than Big  and Telescope followed by safe solar observing.. If cloudy  a Tour of the Observatory and  Whats up Tonight with our virtual Night Sky program

5.30pm: Capturing the Cosmos  25 mins  Our new show about the very latest Radio Astronomy being done in Murchison WA and the Star Mapping of the Heavens  in NSW.

The Red Planet Mars, as well as Jupiter and Saturn are now visible in the evening sky.

6.00pm Viewing at the telescopes (weather permitting) or if cloudy  a Tour of the Observatory, Whats up Tonight with our virtual Night Sky program and extra 3D movie. Cancellations by 4pm okay if cloudy, but no discount if you come as we have an alternate program.

Cost: $20 Adults, $15 Conc, $10 Students < 18, $50 Family 2A &2S, $55 2A & 3+S.  is by Cash or Direct Deposit on your Mobile, NO Eftpos.

Bookings essential on 0429 199 312 or 61 3 5332 7526

Observatory and Cafe and Science shop open from 3.00pm.

Session 1 : 3.30pm: Bigger than Big  and Telescope followed by safe solar observing.. If cloudy  a Tour of the Observatory and  Whats up Tonight with our virtual Night Sky program

Session 2: 5.30pm: Capturing the Cosmos  25 mins  Our new show about the very latest Radio Astronomy being done in Murchison WA and the Star Mapping of the Heavens  in NSW.

The Red Planet Mars, as well as Jupiter and Saturn are now visible in the evening sky.

6.00pm Viewing at the telescopes (weather permitting) or if cloudy  a Tour of the Observatory, Whats up Tonight with our virtual Night Sky program and extra 3D movie. Cancellations by 4pm okay if cloudy, but no discount if you come as we have an alternate program.

Cost: $20 Adults, $15 Conc, $10 Students < 18, $50 Family 2A &2S, $55 2A & 3+S.  is by Cash or Direct Deposit on your Mobile, NO Eftpos.

Bookings essential on 0429 199 312 or 61 3 5332 7526

 

Observatory and Cafe and Science shop open from 3.00pm.

Session: 3.30pm: Bigger than Big  and Telescope followed by safe solar observing. If cloudy  a Tour of the Observatory and  Whats up Tonight with our virtual Night Sky program

Session: 5.30pm: Capturing the Cosmos  25 mins  Our new show about the very latest Radio Astronomy being done in Murchison WA and the Star Mapping of the Heavens  in NSW.

The Red Planet Mars, as well as Jupiter and Saturn are now visible in the evening sky.

6.00pm Viewing at the telescopes (weather permitting) or if cloudy  a Tour of the Observatory, Whats up Tonight with our virtual Night Sky program and extra 3D movie. Cancellations by 4pm okay if cloudy, but no discount if you come as we have an alternate program.

Cost: $20 Adults, $15 Conc, $10 Students < 18, $50 Family 2A &2S, $55 2A & 3+S.  is by Cash or Direct Deposit on your Mobile, NO Eftpos.

Bookings essential on 0429 199 312 or 61 3 5332 7526

 

 

The Third Rock Cafe bookings for main meals 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.

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

What’s on at the Observatory

 

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

Donations

The Ballarat Municipal Observatory and Museum and Ballaarat Astronomical Society are Friends of the Canadian Corridor and extend the Canadian Launch Invitation to you to attend this very important addition to maintain our dark skies to the South, preserve the fauna and flora, and provide a spectacular recreational area for future generations, the Canadian Regional Park. The RSVP has been extended to the middle of next week and you can also reply to Geoff on jeffie1952@hotmail.com.

Friday 5th August 1-2pm Earth Ed Centre Olympic Ave Mt Clear

David Malin Awards

Ballarat has another short listed finalist in the 2016 David Malin Awards, congratulations to Svantje Mertens.
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Diary of Astronomical Phenomena

Sunrise and Sunset Times Ballarat

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

July

June

May

Earlier Diary of Phenomena

FAUNA AND FIRMAMENT TOURS