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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Starry Spring Nights 2015

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  October 24th 6:00pm – 11:00pm (When everyone goes home if beautiful clear sky) 6.00pm: Third Rock Cafe open for Coffee etc, Astroburgers and refreshments no booking required,booked 2 course meal or BYO picnic. 7:00pm:  Live music with KINJA “Kinja” (Wamba Wamba ‘my home’) Sara,  whose roots are scottish on fiddle, Ron a descendent of…

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LEONIDS – Premiere – A Michael Hudson Film

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Wednesday November 18th   Film showing on our high definition large screen “Leonids” is set on the afternoon counting down to the biggest meteor shower in history. At the heart of the story is eleven-year-old budding astronomer Leon, who is unable to connect with his father since the sudden passing of Grandpa. Leon and Grandpa…

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Summer School Holiday Program – Observatory History Trail – 130 years in 2016

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School Holidays 12th – 30th January Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday Bookings Essential – can be same day. Follow the displays, questions and clues to discover our amazing Observatory and the people behind it. Prizes for best entries. When: 12th January – 30th January   Tuesday – Saturday. Time: 6.00 pm to late with bookings…

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Starry Summer Night – The Sci-Fi Event 2016

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    The SCI FI EVENT is an annual event. It is great fun (those little Dalek Twins and their Tardis Mum last year!)               and is geared at showing how the real science that is done by scientists has some connection to science-fiction. It is also about showing…

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Introduction to Astronomy Course – 2016

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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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Looking to the Stars Celebrating 130 years of Ballarat’s Astronomical Visionaries 2016

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7  – 8 May 2016 3.00pm – 9.00pm Come and celebrate the 130th anniversary of the establishment of the Ballarat Municipal Observatory and well-respected science and public education establishment in regional Victoria. The Ballarat Municipal Observatory was the vision of the late James Oddie that provided the Ballarat community with a place where they could…

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STARRY WINTER NIGHTS – Capturing the Cosmos 25 June – 23 July 2016

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Stunning Starry Winter Nights 25th June – 23rd July Tuesday, Thursday and  Saturday  only It is verrrrrrry cold in  winter, but if you put on all your warmest woollies and come out, you will enjoy the best stunning evenings winter has to offer…..the best in the whole year! Jupiter, Mars and Saturn are in the…

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School Holidays – Juno Reveals Jupiter 2016

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  September is Juno Reveals Jupiter Month   School Holiday Program 17th Sept – 1st Oct Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturdays 4.30pm Fun Childrens’ Actvities – make a model of Jupiter, learn about why we need the night, and interactive about different types of light – healthy and unhealthy.  5 .15- 5.45pm Bring a picnic…

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Introduction to Astronomy Course – October 2016

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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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Summer School Holiday Program 2017

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School Holidays 5th January – 28th January Tuesday – Saturday (Special bookings for viewing at the telescopes only, can be made on Sunday & Monday if you cannot come Tue – Sat)   SPECIAL PROGRAM OF ACTIVITIES FOR CHILDREN  5th – 28th January Tuesday  Wednesday  Thursday  Friday  Saturday Bookings Essential – can be same day…

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Starry Summer Night – The Sci-Fi Event 2017

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    The SCI FI EVENT is Growing and our 4th SCI-FI Event on Saturday 28th January  will have expanded prizes for each of our sections. Thanks to all who attended last year, it has provided the growth for this year and we have expanded our event. Bring your Friends and Family for  a great…

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Stargazing Live

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8.30 – 10.30pm  4, 5, 6th April Stargazing Live event with Professor Brian Cox on the ABC. Tuesday and Wednesday are booked out, room for more on Thursday only STREAMED LIVE ON OUR BIG SCREEN as well as the post-event broadcast called Back to Earth on ABC2 at 9:30pm, where the audience can ask questions and…

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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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