Comet C/2019 Y4 (Atlas)

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Image: Comet C/2019 Y4 (ATLAS) on March 14, 2020 Comet  C/2019 Y4 (Atlas) has broken up into over 30 pieces , most as big as a house.           These two Hubble Space Telescope images of comet C/2019 Y4 (ATLAS), taken on April 20 (left) and April 23, 2020, provide the sharpest…

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Heritage Weekend 2020

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Generally during Heritage Week we extend our Heritage event to include all the Saturdays in May and open the Baker telescope up for viewing, just in case one Saturday might be too cloudy. We can’t provide on site tours and viewing at the telescope this Heritage Weekend but instead we have a Virtual Tour online….

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Best Nights for Saturday Viewing Feb-Dec

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BOOK HERE for a Best Nights for Viewing 2020 Covid19 precautions must be observed on the night. If you are unwell it is  best if you cancel your visit. These sessions are held on one Saturday of  each month closest to a 1st Quarter Moon and in 2020 also on nights without any Moon will…

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Celestial Mechanics

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We usually run an Introduction  to Astronomy Course in Autumn but this year is different and we are running some short courses instead. Have you ever wanted to learn more about Celestial Mechanics ( how to get about the night sky without getting lost)? Celestial Sphere Celestial Coordinates Time, Seasons Phases of the Moons Tides…

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Globe at Night 2020

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 Special Event you can join in for the June measurement Sunday 21st June (Register before this day) Guinness World Record BAS is supporting this GWR attempt for a lesson on light pollution. The process includes a lesson as well as the Globe at Night project. To find out more information and to register go to:…

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Asteroid Day June 30th

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Asteroid Day is a global awareness campaign where people from around the world come together to learn the dangers asteroids pose and what we can do to protect our families, communities, and future generations. The United Nations declared June 30 as Asteroid Day. The date of Asteroid Day commemorates the anniversary of the Tunguska asteroid impact over Siberia,…

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Kaleidoscope of Nature Exhibition

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Image: “Lenticular Portent of Destruction”  Canon Powershot S3 IS ISO 75 1/60 Sec f/3.2mm 26.11.2010 19:11UT Mt Pleasant Victoria. Copy Right J.Bailey 1st August – 30th January 2021 Early Notice: We are Celebrating Nature As we slowly come through the Covid19 pandemic and after the 2019-20 Bushfires, we can see that nature can rebound. Who…

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Science Week SCiVR

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We are hosting two SCiVR events at the Observatory Adults 7.45pm Friday 21st August Students 11.15am Saturday 22nd August Cost $5 each includes VR for mobile to take home. Extra cost for viewing at the Telescopes on the Friday or Saturday evening if you would like to join in. Use code:  scivr   when you…

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International Observe the Moon Night 2020

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Saturday 26th September 7.00 -7.30 Talk TBA – Different Stories about the Moon from around the world. 7.30pm Viewing of the stunningly beautiful 9 day old Moon and Mercury as well as deep sky objects. International Observe the Moon Night (InOMN) is an annual worldwide public event that encourages observation, appreciation, and understanding of our…

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