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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Earth Hour 2016

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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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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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Yuri’s Night 2016

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Tuesday 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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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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Linkup for Transit of Mercury 2016

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The small blue dot is Mercury beginning it’s transit across the Sun on 9th May.   From 9.00pm:  Transit of Mercury We cannot view this event from Ballarat but you can come along and share the experience via a NASA broadcast of the event. Question and answer session. A transit of Mercury across the Sun takes place when…

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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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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 parachutes, safe viewing of the Sun if  fine. 5.45 – 6.15pm…

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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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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 12th May 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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Winter Festival – Starry Nights – School Holiday Program 1-29 July

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Stunning Starry Winter Nights 1st July – 31st 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 and Saturn are in the evening…

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The Heart of the Milky Way

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1st August – 10th August Tuesday, Thursday and Saturdays only 5.00 – 7.00pm Mercury Early, Saturn and Jupiter are now visible. Costs $20 Adults, $15 Concession, $10 Students under 18yrs, $50 Family of 2A 2S, $55 Family of 2A 3S. Bookings essential on Trybooking or call on 5332 7526 or 0429 199 312   Thursday…

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NEW SESSIONS ADDED Science Week 2017 – SCINEMA 15th -20th

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Astronomy Program for August 15th – 19th Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday only. 4.50pm -5.20pm Capturing the Cosmos Movie 5.20pm – 6.00pm Tour of the Observatory 6.00pm Viewing at the Telescopes Cost is $15 adults, $12 conc., $5 Students, $40 Family of 4, $45 Family of 5 . Online Bookings – Trybooking   AND/OR SCINEMA…

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Ballarat International Foto Biennale – A Field Guide To The Stars

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19 August -17 September Ballarat International Foto Biennale –  Viewing at the telescopes from 6.30pm -7.30pm, Bookings required – Book here on Trybooking.   A FIELD GUIDE TO THE STARS  – Free  – Charge for viewing as below. Photography and astronomy have an intrinsic relationship, reflected in technical advances and the collective imagination of space….

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The Great American Eclipse Live Link

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NASA Eclipse 2017 Live – Streaming Video of August 22 AEST Total Solar Eclipse On Tuesday August 22 2017, from 03:15am – 5:00am, Ballarat Observatory will link into the live Streaming of the Total Eclipse of the Sun which will be from from the West to the East coast of North America. Viewers around the…

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MSO – Music and Place

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Music and Place A pop-up performance and conversation with concert facilitators of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Monday 4 September 2017 6:30pm Free entry What a special Monday night treat we have in store! Join facilitators Nick Bochner (Assistant Principal Cello, MSO), Thea Rossen (percussionist, educator), and Eric Avery (Indigenous composer and musician) as they perform…

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Astronomical Conversations – 40th Anniversary Voyager 1

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1st Thursday of the Month 7th September 6.30pm  Voyager 1 was launched Monday, 05 Sept 1977 12:56:00 UTC and Voyager 2 was launched Saturday, 20 Aug 1977 14:29:00 UTC The Technology on board is now very old but these two space explorers have reached major milestones in our understanding of our Solar System. 7.00pm Viewing…

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Spring Constellations September 19th – October 14th Program & School Holidays

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Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday Friday and Saturday Program Space Week 4th – 10th October 3rd Rock Cafe is open from 1pm. Afternoon Program 1.00pm Safe observation of the Sun 1.15pm Rosetta Movie  (Thursday 19th October Seniors Week event) 1.40pm Tour 2.15pm Afternoon Tea Evening Program (Not on Friday 6th or 13th October) 7.30pm Capturing the Cosmos…

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U3A Celtic Band – Seniors Week

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Thursday 19th October 1.00pm for 1.15pm Start  The U3A Celtic Band will perform at the Observatory with a a range of Celtic  music plus other songs which you will find it hard not to tap your feet to. 2.00pm Afternoon Tea is included. Cost $10 Adults, $8 Seniors. Book 0n 0429 199 312 or on…

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International Observe the Moon Night 2017

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Image Credit: Saeed Salimpour   Saturday 28th October 6.30 -7.45pm Moon-B-Q with Salads Vegetarian and Gluten Free options. Book online Trybooking here  for Dinner, Talk and/or Viewing 8.00pm Talk “The Moon – Barren and Mysterious” 8.30pm Viewing of the stunningly beautiful first quarter Moon. Free tea,coffee and milo at the 3rd Rock Cafe and activity…

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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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Winning Sky Photos – 2017 David Malin Awards 6 Nov – 14 Jan

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Winning Sky Photos is the exhibition of top entries from the David Malin Awards astrophotography competition. Held annually by the Central West Astronomical Society, it is open to photographers around Australia. The photographs are judged by world-renowned astrophotographer Dr David Malin. David Malin has had a long fascination with light and colour and the interface…

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Close approach of 3200 Phaethon

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Asteroid 3200 Phaethon, the size of a rural hamlet, will pass within 10.3 million kilometers from Earth at 10:00hrs AEDT on December 17th, a daytime close approach for Southern Hemisphere observers. Just before closest approach, it will reach magnitude 10.7, bright enough to track in a 3-inch telescope. Phaeton will be scooting along at up…

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Summer School Holiday Program 2 -26 Jan 2018

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Image Credit: Hubble Telescope School Holidays 2nd January – 26th January Tuesday – Saturday   SPECIAL PROGRAM OF ACTIVITIES FOR CHILDREN  2nd – 27th January Tuesday  Wednesday  Thursday  Friday  Saturday Friday 26th Open from 8.30pm only Bookings Essential – can be same day by 1.00pm.  3rd Rock Cafe open from 4.30pm. Day Program: 5.00 –…

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Starry Summer Nights – The Sci Fi Event 27th January 2018

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The SCI FI EVENT is an annual event 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 that good science almost always starts as fiction, and it may take a while (decades or even millennia) before it is realised as…

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Total Eclipse of the Moon 31st January

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Image Credit: Phil Hart The Observatory is open from 9pm 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…

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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 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 the Guidelines for…

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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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Dark Sky Symposium

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Tuesday 2nd April 9.00 am – 3.30pm This is the First Dark Sky Symposium in Victoria, Australia and a number of speakers from around Australia and New Zealand will present papers on various aspects of Dark Skies including accredited Dark Sky Parks. If  you would like to learn more about Dark Skies, you are most…

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World Record Stargazing 23 May 2018

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Well is was unfortunate that we were clouded out for 2018. A big thank you to all the 220 who braved the chilly cool weather and rugged up suitably to keep out the cold. It was a reasonably mild night with not much wind but a lot of cloud 🙁 Also a big thank you…

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