GLOBE at Night

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Jan – Dec 2014

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3rd Rock Cafe – Plastic Free July

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  We all treasure our coffee… So JOIN US TO RAISE AWARENESS OF PLASTIC FREE JULY with Trash 4 treasure COMING SOON! Plastic Free July aims to raise awareness of the problems with single-use disposable plastic and challenges people to do something about it. We will provide you with a FREE hot drink if you…

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Aboriginal Astronomy

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BAS Free Lecture: Bookings Closed – This is an opportunity for those who missed Krystals lecture in Ballarat a few weeks ago. New Members welcome. Astrophysics student and Kamilaroi woman Krystal De Napoli initially didn’t see the correlation between her indigenous heritage and the mathematics and science subjects she loved so much. But when her…

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Planets High 5 2018

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Mercury,Venus, Jupiter, Saturn and Mars These 5 planets are visible in the evenings from July 14th – July 21st  at 6.30pm. Day Program Tuesday, Thursday Saturday, open from 1.30pm casual visitors welcome. 1.30pm Observatory and 3rd Rock Cafe open. 1.30pm Camera Obscura 1.45.00- 2.00pm Tour of the Telescopes 2.00pm – 2.30pm Safe Solar Observation  if…

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Science Week – Forced Landing on Mars – Mars Competition -17th July to 18th August 2018

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CLOSE APPROACH OF MARS – Mars is very close to Earth during July and August 2018 Mars ephemeris NB apparent diameter, 22July 24.0 arc sec up to 24.3 arc sec then back to 24 arc sec 8th Aug. MARS COMPETITION Scenario……. “A close  approach of Mars provides an opportunity to send a space crew to…

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Total Eclipse of the Moon 28th July

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Image Credit: Phil Hart The Observatory is open from 5.00am on Saturday 28th July and breakfast is included in the cost. Overnight camping – arrive by 6.00pm Friday 27th July to setup. A total eclipse occurs at a full Moon but does not occur every month because the position of the Moon is not completely…

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Science Week- Brain Break – 10th August

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New members are welcome along to our Members night on Friday 10th August 7.30pm for our Brain Break Quiz, quirky science and food….   Expect the unexpected…………  

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SCINEMA 11th -25th August

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SCINEMA International Science Film Festival is the largest science film festival in the southern hemisphere; celebrating the power of moving image to tell stories about the world, how it works and our place in it. Films are free, usual cost applies for viewing at the telescopes. BOOK HERE              …

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NASA Mission Scientist Visit Ballarat Observatory

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Dr Jessie Christiansen Astrophysicist Dr Jessie Christiansen has been called the “Tomb Raider of exoplanet research”. Working at the NASA Exoplanet Science Institute at Caltech, Jessie searches for, studies, and catalogues extrasolar planets – planets orbiting other stars. Her main research focuses on using the thousands of exoplanets found by the NASA Kepler mission to…

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21st Aug – 22nd Sept Viewing

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Bookings can be made here TRYBOOKING Saturday 15th September is a special event to raise funds for Student Chloe Simpson to go to the USA for a  STEM Space experience, mpre information xan be found here http://observatory.ballarat.net/events/event/fundraising-night-for-chloe-simpsons-space-and-stem-trip-to-america/

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Fundraising Night for Chloe Simpson’s Space and STEM trip to America.

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Chloe is raising funds to support a SPACE and STEM trip to the USA and has organised a night at the Observatory to help towards this. 5.00pm Observatory Open 5.15pm Astrophysicist Saeed Salimpour – Revealing the Cosmos: Telescopes, the Dark Universe and beyond! 6.15pm Chloe Simpson Mission 1 6.30pm BBQ 7.00pm Tour of the Observatory…

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All about STARS*******School Holiday Program

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2nd October – 13th October – times cover interstate visitors. What is our Sun made of? What is the smallest star? What is the largest star? What is the closest star What is the furthest star? What does the colour of a star mean? 5.00pm PROGRAM BEGINS Safe solar viewing of our Star Viewing at…

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