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, all viewing times need to be booked.

Saturn is  a beautiful object to view now

The first of our REVEALING THE COSMOS LECTURE SERIES is beginning in August. These lectures will offer you the very latest information on each of the subject areas. Our very own Saeed Salimpour, award winning lecturer and currently a postgraduate student in Astronomy, will take you on an absolutely fascinating journey, don’t miss this opportunity for a great and enjoyable night.

More information at REVEALING THE COSMOS

The Third Rock Cafe is open Tuesday – Saturday 4-7pm bookings essential.

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

NEWS
Jupiter’s trademark Great Red Spot — a swirling storm feature larger than Earth — is
shrinking. This downsizing, which is changing the shape of the spot from an oval
into a circle, has been known about since the 1930s, but now these striking new
NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope images capture the spot at a smaller size than ever
before.
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In this comparison image the photo at the top was taken by Hubble’s Wide Field Planetary Camera 2 in 1995 and shows the spot at a diameter of just under 21 000km; the second down shows a 2009 WFC3 photo of the spot at a diameter of just under 18 000km; and the lowest shows the newest image from WFC3 taken in 2014 with the spot at its smallest yet, with diameter of just 16 000km.Credit:Image Credit: NASA, ESA, and A. Simon (Goddard Space Flight Center)
Science Credit: A. Simon (Goddard Space Flight Center), G. Orton (Jet Propulsion Laboratory), J. Rogers (University of Cambridge, UK), and M. Wong and I. de Pater (University of California, Berkeley)
Acknowledgment: C. Go, H. Hammel (SSI and AURA) and R. Beebe (NMSU)First time rotation rate of an exoplanet  determined.                   

 

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Check out the all-sky aurora patrol CCD camera located at Cressy, Tasmania which provides aurora watchers with real-time guidance on whether auroras are visible from Tasmania. 
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Astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope have captured the most comprehensive picture ever assembled of the evolving Universe — and one of the most colourful. The study is called the Ultraviolet Coverage of the Hubble Ultra Deep Field (UVUDF) project.

The patch of sky in this image has been previously studied by astronomers in a series of visible and near-infrared exposures taken from 2004 to 2009: the Hubble Ultra Deep Field. Now, with the addition of ultraviolet light, they have combined the full range of colours available to Hubble, stretching all the way from ultraviolet to near-infrared light. The resulting image, made from 841 orbits of telescope viewing time, contains approximately 10 000 galaxies, extending back to within a few hundred million years of the Big Bang.

 

Events Calendar

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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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