Starry Autumn Night March 2014

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Once again it is time for another of our Starry Night adventures! On the 29th of March 2014, Brian Blackshaw of the Bendigo Astronomical Society, will dazzle us with music inspired by space and science-fiction. Taking us on a journey of what has inspired musicians to create tunes that extend far beyond the outer reaches of…

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Optics Workshop

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Would you like to learn how to care for your telescope mirror and how to clean it, come along to this workshop: Date: Friday 8th February 2013 Time: 4.00 – 5.45pm Cost $10 Non – Member Bookings on 5332 7526 or Email  bas@cbl.com.au Refreshments available at the Third Rock Cafe.

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Introduction to astronomy 2013

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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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Phil Hart – Aurora Adventures in the Yukon

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Come and see the enigmatic light the Sun is able to produce with the help of the Earth’s magnetic field. Friday 14th June 2013 @ 6pm 6:00pm – Optional Dinner Third Rock Cafe $10 Members $15 Non – Members Booking essential 5332 7526 7:00pm – General Meeting 7:30pm – Astrophotographer Phil Hart speaker- “Aurora Adventures in the…

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Follow the Trail of the Emu

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FOLLOW THE TRAIL OF THE EMU AND WIN* Collect an entry form from either venue and hand it in at the Observatory after you have visited both venues and have the appropriate box stamped, to go into the draw to win 1 of 3 sets of Binoculars. Binoculars are good for viewing wildlife on land…

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National Science Week – Scinema • Science Film Festival 2013

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As part of the National Science Week through to October, the Ballarat Observatory will be showing 3 movies that shed light on some of the historical and modern aspects of Astronomy. Scinema Screenings Program                      

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Introduction to Astronomy Course

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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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Saturn: The Ringed Giant

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These school holidays, visit the Ballarat Observatory and learn about Saturn, the jewel of our Solar System. Why does this gas giant have such majestic rings, that have existed for billions of years? What is so mysterious about its army of moons? Have fun making ballon models of Saturn and Jupiter and comparing them to…

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Seniors Week

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Mysteries of Our Closest Star Day: Thursday 10th October Time: 2.00-4.00pm Come and Learn about our Sun. What causes Aurora and when can you hope to see one. Special discounted price for Seniors, $10 includes Tea/Coffee. Safe viewing of the Sun if fine. Book on 03 5332 7526

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Starry Spring Nights 2013

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  October 26th Venus Our Mysterious Neighbour Time 6:00pm – 11:00pm (When everyone goes home if beautiful clear sky) 6.00pm: Third Rock Cafe open for Astroburgers and refreshments or BYO picnic. 7:00pm: Music by the KINJA (see below) 8.00- 8.30pm: View Venus whilst listening to music. 8.30pm: Presentation about  Venus our Mysterious Neighbour or 8.30pm Viewing…

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GLOBE at Night

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Jan – Dec 2014

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Summer School Holiday Program 2014

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School Holidays 7th – 27th January Tuesdays, Wednesday, Thursdays, Friday, Saturday Bookings Essential – can be same day. Normal Program: – 6.00pm – 6:30pm – Solar Viewing plus make a sundial to take home. – 6:45pm – 7:30pm – 3D Movies – 7:30pm – 8:00pm – Break  – Third Rock Cafe open for Astroburgers, snacks…

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Starry Summer Night – The Sci-Fi Event

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Science and Science-Fiction have a had a long and symbiotic relationship. From Asimov, Wells, Banks, Verne to Clarke, Roddenberry and many others, these giants of science-fiction have paved the way for many new inventions that we take for granted these days Science-Fiction fuels the imagination, while Science aims to realize some of those visions. –…

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Introduction to Astronomy Course – March 2014

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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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Starry Autumn Night March 2014

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Once again it is time for another of our Starry Night adventures! On the 29th of March 2014, Brian Blackshaw of the Bendigo Astronomical Society, will dazzle us with music inspired by space and science-fiction. Taking us on a journey of what has inspired musicians to create tunes that extend far beyond the outer reaches of…

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Earth Hour 2014

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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 light pollution from growing towns and cities. Ballarat still has good views of the Night Sky….

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Yuri’s Night 2014

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  “Space the final frontier…”, as many captains have uttered this phrase, humans have been able to journey into the final frontier, may be not as far as science-fiction predicted! The enigma, adventure and mystery  that comes with space exploration or more specifically human space exploration has ignited the imagination of many. However, there are…

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Annular Solar Eclipse 2014

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Tuesday 29th April   Annular Eclipse of the Sun  – Factsheet. Begins 3.57.08pm, mid eclipse 5.06pm, sets before ends.  Sunset 5.44pm. Ballarat will have about 64% coverage. April 29th 2-14 Open 3.30pm, viewing Jupiter, Mars and deep sky objects after eclipse, Saturn visible by 7.30pm. Third rock Cafe open. Costs: $10 Adult, $7.50 Conc, $4…

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Heritage Weekend 2014 10&11th May

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  2.00pm Tour of the Observatory, Historical display, Optics for Telescopes display, solar viewing. 3.00pm , Ballarat Observatory Science Officer, will speak about Captain Henry Evans Baker, one of the first telescope makers in Australia and the designer and builder of the 26 inch telescope now called The Baker at the Observatory and John Brittain….

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Possible New Meteor Shower

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This image shows the area of sky which includes the orion constellation. Following Orion is Gemini, just behind the trees. Image Credit & Copyright : J.Bailey. Possible meteor activity due to Comet 209P/LINEAR:The Observatory will host a meteor watch from 5pm on Saturday 24th May in anticipation of a possible sighting of a new meteor…

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Starry Winter Nights 2014

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Saturday 28th June The Mysteries of our Galaxy – The Milky Way Time 5:00pm – 10:00pm 5.00pm: Third Rock Cafe open. 5.15pm – 6:00: Session 1 – Viewing at the telescopes  (depending on the weather) 6:15pm – 7:15pm: Mick Trembath is a Ballarat born, blues and roots singer songwriter. His 25 year career – performing, teaching, acting,…

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School Holidays 30th June – 12th July

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View Saturn through a telescope, and see the beautiful rings. Activities for children, and 3D Movies. * Dates: Open Tuesday – Saturday. 30th June – 12th July * Times: 4pm – 7pm * Address: Ballarat Observatory 439 Cobden St, Ballarat ( Entry from Magpie St) * Age Range: suitable for 5 plus * Cost: $20…

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Brain Break – National Science Week

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Time: 11am – 1pm. Cost: $10 Includes tea/coffee. We’re hosting a Brain Break lunch with scrumptious morsels of science goodness to celebrate science achievement and endeavour. We’ll be getting together to share fun science quizzes, activities over our cuppa. BYO lunch or have something from the 3rd Rock Cafe.  

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Introduction to Astronomy Course – September 2014

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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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Revealing the Cosmos

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Ballarat Observatory will be hosting a monthly lecture series. Each lecture is aimed at simplifying the various developments in scientific research – from the mysteries of our Galaxy, to shape and size of the Universe, what the Universe is made of and beyond! These lectures assume no prior knowledge of science or mathematics, just an…

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School Holidays – The Secrets of Comets

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  Comet Mc Naught Credit J.Bailey January 30th 2007   22nd September – 2nd October Mondays –  17:00 – 19:00 Tuesdays – 17:00 – 19:00 Wednesdays – 17:00 – 19:00 Thursdays – 17:00 – 19:00 PROGRAM: 17:00 – 17:30 The Secrets of Comets – Ancient Messengers of the Solar System   17:30 – 17:45 3D…

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Starry Spring Nights

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  October 25th   Time 7:00pm – 11:00pm (When everyone goes home if beautiful clear sky) 7.00pm: Third Rock Cafe open for Astroburgers and refreshments or BYO picnic. 7.00pm Activities for Children. 7:15pm: Freya Hollick  performing.      A whimsical folk country singer from the goldfields who sings with a voice of ethereal beauty. A…

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Summer School Holiday Program 2015

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School Holidays 29th December – 31st January Tuesday – Saturday (Special bookings for viewing at the telescopes can be made on Sunday & Monday if you cannot come Tue – Sat)   5.00pm – 3rd Rock Cafe open  – bookings required for main meals. 8.30pm – Tour & History of Observatory 9.00pm  – 3D Movies…

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Starry Summer Night – The Sci-Fi Event

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  On the, the Ballarat Observatory will be holding the second Sci-Fi Event in Ballarat. This event is STRICTLY NOT about extraterrestrials, UFOs, paranormal, fantasy, or anything that has no connection to Science. This event is geared at showing how the real science that is done by scientists has some connection to science-fiction. It is…

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Revealing the Cosmos – February 2015

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Ballarat Observatory will be hosting a monthly lecture series. Each lecture is aimed at simplifying the various developments in scientific research – from the mysteries of our Galaxy, to shape and size of the Universe, what the Universe is made of and beyond! These lectures assume no prior knowledge of science or mathematics, just an…

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Introduction to Astronomy Course – 2015

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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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Backyard Tasters – Final Event for 2015 comes to Ballarat Observatory

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The 2015 Ballarat Backyard Tasters is coming to Ballarat Observatory! 5.30 – 8.30pm  – Free entry. Exhilarating Entertainment Captivating Cuisine Intoxicating Infusions Arresting Artistry Delicious Company Program includes: AL Quartet – Instrumental ensemble joining live + digital = funk & world grooves Arkie T. Williams & The Mudlarks – Toe-tapping alt country & roots music…

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Revealing the Cosmos – March 2015

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Ballarat Observatory will be hosting a monthly lecture series. Each lecture is aimed at simplifying the various developments in scientific research – from the mysteries of our Galaxy, to shape and size of the Universe, what the Universe is made of and beyond! These lectures assume no prior knowledge of science or mathematics, just an…

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Starry Autumn Nights 2015

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Our next Starry Autumn Nights event will be on Saturday, 28th March 2015  5.00pm – 3rd Rock Cafe is open for a two course meal or snacks. 6.15 pm Lecture about the light in our environment, includes an update on the Ballarat Dark Sky Survey. Lecture and music free.  7.oopm  –  Danny Spooner, one of…

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Total Eclipse of the Moon 4th April

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    The Observatory is open from 8pm to late. A total eclipse occurs at a full Moon but does not occur every month because the position of the Moon is not completely immersed in the Earths shadow. The Moon must pass through the inner shadow circle of the Earth for a total eclipse of…

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Yuri’s Night 2015

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“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 being to ever…

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Heritage 2015 – Conflict to Cosmos – The Story of Radio Astronomy

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April – May 2015 Weekly Lecture on Tuesdays 3.00pm : Conflict to Cosmos free (Bookings essential) and 10th of May 2015 at 3pm for the Ballarat Heritage Weekend 2015   Exhibition  open Tuesday – Saturday 3.00pm – 7.00pm and later if viewing, free. Conflict to Cosmos – One of the major outcomes of communication during conflict has…

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25 Years – Hubble Telescope

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Image: Hubble mosaic of the Majestic Sombrero Galaxy Credit: NASA/ESA and The Hubble Heritage Team 9STScl/AURA) Friday 24th April Free lecture 7.00pm Lecture – Hubble Space Telescope – Celebrating 25 years of groundbreaking science.  Viewing afterwards $20 Adults $15 Concession $8 Student (under 18) $45 family 4 (2 adults + 2 children) $50 family 5…

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Dark Side of the Universe 12th June

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Friday 12th June 2015 6.00pm Astronomical Conversations Dinner – bookings required  on 0429 199 312 Menu 7.00pm General Meeting 7.30pm FREE LECTURE : Dr Alan Duffy, Research Fellow  Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing, Swinburne University of Technology Title: Dark Side of the Universe Abstract: We now believe that for every gram of atoms that make…

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Revealing the Cosmos – June 2015

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Ballarat Observatory will be hosting a monthly lecture series. Each lecture is aimed at simplifying the various developments in scientific research – from the mysteries of our Galaxy, to shape and size of the Universe, what the Universe is made of and beyond! These lectures assume no prior knowledge of science or mathematics, just an…

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Starry Winter Nights 2015

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Saturday 27th June Countdown to Hello? Pluto Come along and enjoy great music and company in the cosey and warm Baker Hall.  The 3rd Rock /cafe is open for a meal or snack and warm drinks to keep the internal heater stoked. Booking includes viewing at the telescopes – Venus, Jupiter and Saturn. The winter…

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Hello! Pluto

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  SPECIAL EVENT – WHERE WERE YOU WHEN NEW HORIZONS ARRIVED? Tuesday 14th July New Horizons arrived at Pluto! with the closest approach occurring at 9:49:59 pm AEST.   The  Special Lecture: New Horizons reveals Pluto was presented by saeed Salimpour. It was an enlightening journey into the history of Pluto from it’s first being…

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Guinness Book of World Records Stargazing

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7.00 – 9.00pm  Friday 21st August 2015 An attempt on the current world record of the  number of people looking through a telescope at different sites in the one Country , at the same time, is to be supported here at the Ballarat Observatory on 21st August 2015.   Bring along all the family and…

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Festival of Slow Music – Space is the Place

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SPACE IS THE PLACE 7.30pm Sat AUG 22  –  8.00am  Sun AUG 23 Festival of Slow Music (FoSM) at the Ballarat Observatory. First event for Festival of Slow Music 2015 will be an all-night event of music and star-gazing at the Ballarat Observatory. Two particular events will be – Space is the Place – a…

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Ballarat International Foto Biennale – Celestial Kaleidoscope

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  Fringe Events – 22nd August – 20th September 2015 The Observatory hosts Fringe events during the Ballarat Foto Biennale. The 3rd Rock Cafe is open for light snacks and refreshments from 10.00am. Ballarat Municipal Observatory and Museum  Our thanks to Ballarat Mayor John Philips who launched Celestial Kaleidoscope and our  International Year of Light…

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Revealing the Cosmos – August 2015

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Ballarat Observatory hosts a monthly lecture series. Each lecture is aimed at simplifying the various developments in scientific research – from the mysteries of our Galaxy, to shape and size of the Universe, what the Universe is made of and beyond! These lectures assume no prior knowledge of science or mathematics, just an open mind!…

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Introduction to Astronomy Course – September 2015

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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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School Holidays 20th Sept – 1st Oct

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Stellar Adventures – Learn about Our Sun and Stars 20th September – 1st October Come along and join in with some fun children’s activities, watch 3D movies about the stars and viewing at the telescopes. Activities for children, and 3D Movies.   Tuesday – Thursday children’s activities   4.30pm – 6pm  Age Range: suitable for 5…

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School Holidays Special Event – Pluto – Exploring New Horizons

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Pluto – Exploring New Horizons 27th September The Ballarat Mechanics Institute  and The Ballarat Observatory are co-hosting an event to celebrate the recent historical pass of New Horizons at Pluto. Program: Minerva Space 3.30pm Refreshments Mechanics Institute Minerva Space 117 Sturt Street Ballarat 4.00pm Saeed Salimpour, Post Graduate in Astrophysics, will lead you on an…

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Seniors Week Special Event

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Me ‘N’ Me Mate Saturday 10th October 12.30 – 3.30pm Come along for all the activities or just come for one, or sit out one while you wait for the next one, a relaxing afternoon of entertainment and good company. Time: 12.30  Lunch special cost $10 per Senior – BBQ, Salads,  fruit and hot or…

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