Welcome to the Ballarat Observatory

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


131th 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.


Open from 3.30pm. Only open after 5pm for evening program if confirmed Bookings.

3rd Rock Cafe is open for Group Bookings on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.


27th Thursday

28th Friday

29th Saturday


1st – 4th Booked out

5th Friday

6th Saturday

11th Thursday

12th Friday

13th Saturday

Phone for later bookings on 0429 199 312 or contact


Sunday , Monday and Wednesday the Observatory is closed unless there is a pre – arranged booking or special event is on.

For help in planning your visit, refer to the Diary of Phenomena below and the Frequently Asked Questions.

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What’s on at the Observatory




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



 Gift Voucher  Available for the
   Science Shop,
   3D Tours,



* ASTEROID 2014 J025
Close approach
Radar images of asteroid 2014 JO25 were obtained in the early morning hours on Tuesday, with NASA’s 70-meter (230-foot) antenna at the Goldstone Deep Space Communications Complex in California. The images reveal a peanut-shaped asteroid that rotates about once every five hours. The images have resolutions as fine as 25 feet (7.5 meters) per pixel.Asteroid 2014 JO25 was discovered in May 2014 by astronomers at the Catalina Sky Survey near Tucson, Arizona — a project of NASA’s Near-Earth Objects Observations Program in collaboration with the University of Arizona. The asteroid will fly safely past Earth on Wednesday (22:24hrs AEST) at a distance of about 1.1 million miles (1.8 million kilometers), or about 4.6 times the distance from Earth to the moon. The encounter is the closest the object will have come to Earth in 400 years and will be its closest approach for at least the next 500 years. 
* VASTROC 2017

The Victoria Astronomy Convention VASTROC is a biennial conference for Amateur Astronomers from around Victoria. In 2017 it will be hosted by Mount Burnett Observatory on the weekend of 6-7 May at Emerald Secondary College in Emerald, Victoria. Visitors from interstate and overseas are of course most welcome, too!

Topics include:

  • Astronomy for Beginners
  • Astrophotography
  • Keeping our skies dark
  • Astronomy outreach
  • and much more

The atmosphere of a VASTROC is relaxed and all astronomers, new and old, locals and from interstate or overseas are most welcome. Astronomical societies around Victoria are a great place to start exploring your interest in Astronomy and viewing the night sky. Come and find your astronomical home at VASTROC 2017!

Conference tickets are now available and the conference programme is online.


Diary of Astronomical Phenomena

Sunrise and Sunset Times Ballarat

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


  • 2nd Jupiter rises 18:33hrs AEST dist. 667,509,646km Mag, -2.5 just West of Spica, Alpha Virgo
  • 2nd  Mars sets 19:49hrs AEST dist. 334,675.326km Mag. 1.5, Just East of Sun, too close to view.
  • 2nd Saturn rises 22:15hrs, dist. 1,459,040,133km Mag.0.4, in Sagittarius near the centre of the Milky Way.
  • 2nd Venus 05:49hrs AEST, dist. 43,444,775km Mag -4.2, just West of the Sun in Pisces, 2.92% illuminated.
  • 2nd  Mercury rises  08:14hrs AEST, dist. 130,230,456km Mag 0.0, just East of the sun and too close to view.
  • 8th C/2015 ER61 Panstarrs is visible in binoculars before sunrise, Perihelion 9th May 22:34hrs AEST.
  • 15th Luna Apogee 20:05hrs AEST dist. 405,478.7km.
  • 19th Eta Aquarids Meteor shower begins, peak 6th May and
  • 20th possible weak meteor activity from Comet 249P/Linear on April 20 at 02:33hrs AEST.
  • 28th Luna at Perigee 02:17hrs AEST 359,329.1 km.

Earlier Diary of Phenomena