Astronomical Conversations

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1st Thursday of the Month Next – Thursday 6 April To be announced soon……….       Past Talks 2nd March 7.30pm – Astronomical Conversations : Supernova 1987A – Three decades ago, a massive stellar explosion sent shockwaves not only through space but also through the astronomical community. SN 1987A was the closest observed supernova…

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Earth Hour 2017 Starry Autumn Nights

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Saturday 25th March  Free Pass to Stargazing Live on one night if you attend this event! The night sky – beautiful, mysterious and “infinite”. The band of the Milky Way made up of numerous twinkling points of light. Over the years the night sky has “disappeared” and its wonders lay hidden behind the glow of…

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School Holidays – Rockets

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Image Credit: Doug Stenhouse BAS Member – captured what the eye misses! 4th – 15th April Coincides with Yuri’s Night 12th – Celebrating the first Human in Space. Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday Children’s Activities 5.00 – 5.45pm  Rocket Launching and make and launch a parachute. 5.45 – 6.15pm Break for refreshments at Third Rock Cafe…

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Stargazing Live

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8.30 – 9.30pm  4, 5, 6th April   The Ballarat Observatory will be open from 8.30pm on 4th, 5th 6th April for the Stargazing Alive event with Professor Brian Cox on the ABC. Cost is $5 Adult/ $10 Family and includes warm drinks, Tea/ Coffee and Milo available if the weather is chilly! More information…

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Introduction to Astronomy Course – April 2017

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Ever wanted to learn more about the mysteries of the cosmos – where did it all begin? what is light? what is an Astronomical Unit? how do stars form? what are black holes? and more – but found that some of the concepts are too complex and involve a lot of mathematics and physics that…

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Yuri’s Night 2017

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Wednesday 12th April “Space…the Final Frontier…” These famous words resonate with people all over the world! They encapsulate our fascination for exploring the unknown and our determination to push the boundaries of science. For over a decade, the 12th of April has been recognized as Yuri’s Night in commemoration of Yuri Gagarin, the first human…

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Evidence of Water on Mars and Ceres

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Friday 14th April 7.30pm Dr John Wilkinson will speak on the recent evidence of water on the planet Mars and dwarf planet Ceres. New spectacular images from NASA and the European Space Agency will be shown of the surface of these two solar system bodies. Be wowed by some amazing photos and new information, and…

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Mystery at the Observatory – Saturdays in May

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Saturday 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th May Come and celebrate the Heritage  of the Ballarat Municipal Observatory. The Ballarat Municipal Observatory was the vision of the late James Oddie that provided the Ballarat community with a place where they could gaze at the marvels of the Universe and learn about its mysteries. Together with the genius…

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