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.
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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
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.
What’s on at the Observatory
- GLOBE at Night on December 27, 2013 1:00 am
- Revealing the Cosmos on August 14, 2014 5:45 pm
- Brain Break – National Science Week on August 21, 2014 11:00 am
- Introduction to Astronomy Course – September 2014 on September 6, 2014 5:00 pm
- Starry Spring Nights on October 25, 2014 7:00 pm
- Starry Summer Night – The Sci-Fi Event on January 31, 2015 6:00 pm
- Starry Autumn Nights on March 28, 2015 6:00 pm
- Ballarat Foto Biennale on August 22, 2015 2:00 pm
Diary of Astronomical Phenomena
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