February Day and Evening Program

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Tuesday – Saturday – casual visitors welcome for Day Program Bookings essential for evening program. Find Costs Here      – Discount for groups contact 0429 199 312 to discuss. 1.00pm Observatory and 3rd Rock Cafe open. 1.30pm Camera Obscura                   2.00- 2.30pm Tour of the Telescopes 2.30pm…

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Curriculum and Professional Development for Teachers 8th Mar – 31 May

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  Image Credit: Kay Stephens – A Portable Telescope in Use.   Details for  the  program of Curriculum and Professional Development for Teachers can be found here various dates and times are available: Program

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Earth Hour 2018 Starry Autumn Nights

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Saturday 24th March open from 8.00pm 8.00pm Dark Sky Places – Update on the Sky Quality Survey for Ballarat and many places are now seeking Dark Sky Reserve/Place Accreditation with the International Dark-Sky Association. What does this require and can the City of Ballarat look to the future with new developments and embrace some of…

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NACAA 2018

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Ballarat will host the next National Australian Convention of Amateur Astronomers,  NACAA ,  from 30th March – 2nd April 2018. The Welcome Function will be at the Ballarat Observatory and the Convention will be held at the Mercure Ballarat Hotel and Convention Centre. Additional nearby Accomodation can be found here The NACAA website has information…

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Dinner and Lecture with Associate Professor Emma Ryan Webber 31st March

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Assoc. Prof. Emma Ryan Webber will be the keynote speaker at the NACAA conference on  Saturday 31st March. We are providing the opportunity for the Public to come along to hear Emma, who originally comes from Ballarat, to speak on ‘What we know about Big Bang Cosmology and our Milky Way Galaxy from the naked…

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Celebrating Heritage in May

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Throughout May the Observatory and 3rd Rock Café will be open Tuesday – Saturday from 1.00pm The Observatory Historical Telescopes will be in use. 1.00pm Camera Obscura – experience the beauty and simplicity of the earliest form of camera. 1.30pm Safe Solar Observation at the Jelbart Telescope, 100 years old in 2018. Mechanics of a…

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

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Image Credit – Hubble Telescope Close Approach of Mars – Put it in your diary NOW Mars is very close to Earth during July and August 2018. Scenario……. “A close  approach of Mars provides an opportunity to send a space crew to Mars to support the existing Martian Colony which has been established for 5…

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Science Week- Brain Break

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Follows after the BAS AGM at 7.00pm. 7.45pm  Fun brainy things to do, a chance to stop and reflect on the science in your world. Bring some food with a science themed – galaxies made from lollies and toothpicks, cakes decorated with stars or comets or biscuits in the shape of rockets! NEW MEMBERS WELCOME

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