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.

 Best of Ballarat – 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.

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.

 

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.

SCIENCE MONTH TO  31st AUGUST   – 5  PLANETS ON SHOW

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

6.15pm: 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.

Mercury and  Jupiter almost too close to Sun now. Venus, Mars, and Saturn are now visible in the evening sky.

7.15pm 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.

Venus, Mercury, Jupiter, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn are now visible in the evening sky.
 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

Booked Out
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

6.15pm: 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.

Mercury and  Jupiter almost too close to Sun now. Venus, Mars, and Saturn are now visible in the evening sky.

7.15pm 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.

 

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

6.15pm: 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.

Mercury and  Jupiter almost too close to Sun now. Venus, Mars, and Saturn are now visible in the evening sky.

7.15pm 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.

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

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

6.15pm: 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.

Mercury and  Jupiter almost too close to Sun now. Venus, Mars, and Saturn are now visible in the evening sky.

7.15pm 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.

 

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 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

 

FAUNA AND FIRMAMENT TOURS

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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

Donations

NEWS

FAUNA AND FIRMAMENT TOURS

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Starting in September, Tuesday and Friday nights only.

More information here

ProximaCentauri

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’.

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Opening-CRP-5th-aug-2016

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 night sky over the South of Ballarat, the flora and fauna and the recreational purposes for the wider community have been the great outcomes.

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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?

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Earlier Diary of Phenomena