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.

PROGRAM

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

Tuesday Closed 23rd May

Thursday

Open from 2.30pm. Only open after 5.30pm for evening program if confirmed Bookings.

Friday

Open from 2.30pm. Only open after 5pm for evening program if confirmed Bookings.

Saturday Heritage Month Program

Open from 4.00pm.

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

Phone for later bookings on 0429 199 312 or contact

 Costs

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.

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

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

 

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NEWS
The largest secondary mirror ever employed on a telescope and also the largest convex mirror ever produced has just been successfully cast, to find out what a secondary mirror is, come to the Observatory on Saturday and see for yourself. Jupiter is a beautiful object now, Saturn is visible by about 8pm – last object for the night.
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The Cassini Spacecraft is on it’s final journey, winding in and out of Saturn rings, until a final dive into the body of Saturn.
Our Next Astronomical Conversations looks at some of the highlights of Cassini’s remarkable journey over it’s lifetime.
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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?

May

  • 13th Luna Apogee 20:05hrs AEST dist. 406,210.9km.
  • 14th Jupiter rises 15:31hrs, transits 21:49 AEST dist. 694,591,393km Mag, -2.3 just West of Spica, Alpha Virgo
  • 14th  Mars sets 18:40hrs AEST dist. 368,306,278km Mag. 1.6, Just East of Sun, difficult to view but improve next month.
  • 14th Saturn rises 19:21hrs transits 02:39, dist. 1,374,512,911km Mag.0.2, in Sagittarius near the centre of the Milky Way.
  • 14th Venus 03:36hrs AEST, dist. 81.511.360km Mag -4.6, just West of the Sun in Pisces, 37.58% illuminated.
  • 14th  Mercury rises  05:04hrs AEST, dist. 115,775,187km Mag 0.6, just West of the sun and too close to view.
  • 26th Luna at Perigee 11:22hrs AEST 357,210.8km.

Earlier Diary of Phenomena