Best Nights for Saturday Viewing Feb-Dec

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BOOK HERE for a Best Nights for Viewing 2020 Covid19 precautions must be observed on the night. If you are unwell it is  best if you cancel your visit. These sessions are held on one Saturday of  each month closest to a 1st Quarter Moon and in 2020 also on nights without any Moon will…

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Celestial Mechanics

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We usually run an Introduction  to Astronomy Course in Autumn but this year is different and we are running some short courses instead. Have you ever wanted to learn more about Celestial Mechanics ( how to get about the night sky without getting lost)? Celestial Sphere Celestial Coordinates Time, Seasons Phases of the Moon Tides…

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Asteroid Day June 30th

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Asteroid Day is a global awareness campaign where people from around the world come together to learn the dangers asteroids pose and what we can do to protect our families, communities, and future generations. The United Nations declared June 30 as Asteroid Day. The date of Asteroid Day commemorates the anniversary of the Tunguska asteroid impact over Siberia,…

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School Holidays 30th June – 11th July

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Mysterious and beautiful – Our Moon. Do you know how old the Moon is tonight? Activities for children,  and 3D Movies, viewing at the telescopes if clear. * Dates: Open selected days see bookings online 30th June – 11th July * Times: 5pm – 7pm * Address: Ballarat Observatory 439 Cobden St, Ballarat ( Entry…

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Globe at Night Citizen Science

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Times for  July 12th – 21st Five Easy Star Hunting Steps Use the Globe at Night website to help find your constellation in the night sky. Use the Globe at Night website to find the latitude and longitude of the location where you are making your observation. Go outside more than an hour after sunset…

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Science Week SCiVR

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We are hosting two SCiVR events at the Observatory Adults 7.45pm Friday 21st August Students 11.15am Saturday 22nd August Cost $5 each includes VR for mobile to take home. Extra cost for viewing at the Telescopes on the Friday or Saturday evening if you would like to join in. Use code:  scivr   when you…

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International Observe the Moon Night 2020

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Saturday 26th September 7.00 -7.30 Talk TBA – Different Stories about the Moon from around the world. 7.30pm Viewing of the stunningly beautiful 9 day old Moon and Mercury as well as deep sky objects. International Observe the Moon Night (InOMN) is an annual worldwide public event that encourages observation, appreciation, and understanding of our…

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Kaleidoscope of Nature Exhibition

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Image: “Lenticular Portent of Destruction”  Canon Powershot S3 IS ISO 75 1/60 Sec f/3.2mm 26.11.2010 19:11UT Mt Pleasant Victoria. Copy Right J.Bailey 5th January – 30th January 2021 Early Notice: We are Celebrating Nature As we slowly come through the Covid19 pandemic and after the 2019-20 Bushfires, we can see that nature can rebound. Who…

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