Science Week – Walking on the Moon


Saturday 17th August  and Sunday 18th August – 5.00pm An activities packed weekend for the community to come along and explore science.

  • Amongst a suite of other activities will be a FedUni student-developed virtual reality moon walk offering participants the chance to experience what Neil Armstrong and the other Apollo astronauts experienced. Keen scientists can conduct virtual experiments exploring the unusual behaviour of common items in an alien environment and even teleport to Mars or Earth to investigate the differences.

This virtual reality experience has been developed by FedUni Bachelor of Information Technology students and showcases some of the skills learned during studies in gaming technology.

Watch as it is used and follow what is being explored and then when you have your turn, you will have a bit of an idea what you can do.

The VR Moon Walk will continue to be available at selected times until 20 Oct at the Observatory’s Photography Exhibition, “To the Moon and Back”. Part of the Ballarat International Foto Biennale, this exhibition by eight international artists celebrates the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11, offering a contemporary exploration of the continuing relevance of the historic 1969 lunar landing and its lasting legacy.

More activities include BIFB Educational activities  – sunprint activities, light box activities exploring what you need to survive on the Moon…..

No need to book, just come along.

Saturday 17th only Evening Program

6.00pm – Free Talk – bookings essential below.

National Science Week Come along and celebrate the 1st Anniversary of Friends of Lake Wendouree Natural Environment with Guest Speaker Dr Therésa Jones

Senior Lecturer, Evolution and Animal Behaviour, School of BioSciences, Faculty of Science, University of Melbourne.

“Over the past two centuries, artificial lighting in our towns and cities has dramatically altered the night.
In urban environments, the soft dim glow of the sunlight reflecting off the moon is now outshone by bright streetlights, security lights and car headlamps. These artificial light sources can be more than 1000 times natural levels of moonlight – and their biological impact is increasingly visible.”

7.00pm Viewing at the telescopes.

Bookings here for the 6pm Talk and viewing only TRYBOOKING

Co Sponsors for Talk
International Dark-Sky Association Victoria
Ballaarat Astronomical Society

Science Week is held every Year at the Observatory