Welcome to the Ballarat Observatory

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

132nd 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.

 BOOK HERE for a Best Nights for Viewing discount of 15% applies to these nights for bookings made online. A program of activities will apply to these evenings. Arrival time can be closer to viewing time.

More information on bas@cbl.com.au or phone 0429 199 312.

Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday, for individual bookings. Bookings essential for evening program, group bookings any time. Open from 3.30pm on these days.

Times change as the days become longer.

The Observatory will be closed from 6.30pm unless there is a confirmed booking for the evening program and /or meals at the 3rd Rock Cafe.

Christmas Break: The Observatory will be closed from 4.00pm Christmas Eve 24th December and reopens on Thursday 3rd January at 3.30pm.

What’s on at the Observatory

To Subscribe to our Events listing click here to download the iCal Calendar onto your iPhone, iPad or Computer

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.

More information here

Group bookings for other times call on 0429 199 312.

 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 Frequently Asked Questions.

Join BAS and become a Member. Benefits include 20% Discount in our Science Shop and for all events, and 10% discount in the 3rd Rock Cafe – great value!

 

The Ballarat Municipal Observatory and Museum is delighted to have been awarded the 2017 Greg Binns Award for Outstanding Community Contribution to Heritage.

For Information about Current & Future Projects and to make a Donation, click this link

Donations

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NEWS

Pulsar discoverer Jocelyn Bell Burnell wins $3-million Breakthrough Prize
Astrophysicist plans to spend prize money — awarded 50 years after the discovery — on increasing diversity in science.

 

 

 

 

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Working Towards a City of Ballarat Dark Sky Community

At the  Earth Hour event on the 24th March 2018 all participants voted to work towards the City of Ballarat becoming a Dark Sky Community. More……..

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Four Aboriginal Australian star names were also added to the IAU stellar name catalogue, including the Wardaman names Larawag, Ginan, and Wurren for the stars designated ε (Epsilon) Scorpii, ε (Epsilon) Crucis, and ζ (Zeta) Phoenicis, respectively, and the Boorong name Unurgunite for the star (Sigma) Canis Majoris (an ancestral figure who fights the Moon). Aboriginal Australians are among the oldest continuous cultures in the world, going back more than 65 000 years, representing some of the most ancient star names on the IAU list.

https://phys.org/news/2017-12-iau-star-world.html
https://www.iau.org/public/themes/naming_stars/

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 Gift Voucher  Gift vouchers are now available Online as well as at the Observatory
   For:
   Science Shop,
   3D Tours,
  Viewing.

 

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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?

August

 

Earlier Diary of Phenomena