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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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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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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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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Curriculum and Professional Development for Teachers 8th Mar – 31 May

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  Image Credit: Kay Stephens – A Portable Telescope in Use.   Details for  the  program of Curriculum and Professional Development for Teachers can be found here various dates and times are available: Program

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NACAA 2018

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Ballarat will hosted the National Australian Convention of Amateur Astronomers,  NACAA XXVIII ,  from 30th March – 2nd April 2018. The NACAA website has information about the event. Links to images from the event    

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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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GLOBE at Night

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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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Celebrating Heritage in May Program

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Thursday 24th May the Observatory is closed, last days for Heritage month are this coming Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th. The Observatory Historical Telescopes will be in use. 1.00-1.30pm Camera Obscura – experience the beauty and simplicity of the earliest form of camera next to the 3rd Rock Cafe which will be open. 1.30-2.00pm Safe…

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June Program

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Program for June – NB: Saturday June 30th is Asteroid Day Special Program provided. Casual visitors welcome on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday 1.30pm – 5.00pm Bookings required for all others times Evening Program the Observatory will only be open if a firm booking is in place – Bookings essential on 0429 199 312 or email…

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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, Russian…

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3rd Rock Cafe – Plastic Free July

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  We all treasure our coffee… So JOIN US TO RAISE AWARENESS OF PLASTIC FREE JULY with Trash 4 treasure COMING SOON! Plastic Free July aims to raise awareness of the problems with single-use disposable plastic and challenges people to do something about it. We will provide you with a FREE hot drink if you…

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Planets High 5 2018

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Mercury,Venus, Jupiter, Saturn and Mars These 5 planets are visible in the evenings from July 14th – July 21st  at 6.30pm. Day Program Tuesday, Thursday Saturday, open from 1.30pm casual visitors welcome. 1.30pm Observatory and 3rd Rock Cafe open. 1.30pm Camera Obscura 1.45.00- 2.00pm Tour of the Telescopes 2.00pm – 2.30pm Safe Solar Observation  if…

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Science Week – Forced Landing on Mars – Mars Competition -17th July to 18th August 2018

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CLOSE APPROACH OF MARS – Mars is very close to Earth during July and August 2018 Mars ephemeris NB apparent diameter, 22July 24.0 arc sec up to 24.3 arc sec then back to 24 arc sec 8th Aug. MARS COMPETITION Scenario……. “A close  approach of Mars provides an opportunity to send a space crew to…

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Science Week- Brain Break – 10th August

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New members are welcome along to our Members night on Friday 10th August 7.30pm for our Brain Break Quiz, quirky science and food….   Expect the unexpected…………  

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SCINEMA 11th -25th August

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SCINEMA International Science Film Festival is the largest science film festival in the southern hemisphere; celebrating the power of moving image to tell stories about the world, how it works and our place in it. Films are free, usual cost applies for viewing at the telescopes. BOOK HERE              …

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NASA Mission Scientist Visit Ballarat Observatory

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Dr Jessie Christiansen Astrophysicist Dr Jessie Christiansen has been called the “Tomb Raider of exoplanet research”. Working at the NASA Exoplanet Science Institute at Caltech, Jessie searches for, studies, and catalogues extrasolar planets – planets orbiting other stars. Her main research focuses on using the thousands of exoplanets found by the NASA Kepler mission to…

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21st Aug – 22nd Sept Viewing

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Bookings can be made here TRYBOOKING Saturday 15th September is a special event to raise funds for Student Chloe Simpson to go to the USA for a  STEM Space experience, mpre information xan be found here http://observatory.ballarat.net/events/event/fundraising-night-for-chloe-simpsons-space-and-stem-trip-to-america/

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Fundraising Night for Chloe Simpson’s Space and STEM trip to America.

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Chloe is raising funds to support a SPACE and STEM trip to the USA and has organised a night at the Observatory to help towards this. 5.00pm Observatory Open 5.15pm Astrophysicist Saeed Salimpour – Revealing the Cosmos: Telescopes, the Dark Universe and beyond! 6.15pm Chloe Simpson Mission 1 6.30pm BBQ 7.00pm Tour of the Observatory…

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All about STARS*******School Holiday Program

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2nd October – 13th October – times cover interstate visitors. What is our Sun made of? What is the smallest star? What is the largest star? What is the closest star What is the furthest star? What does the colour of a star mean? 5.00pm PROGRAM BEGINS Safe solar viewing of our Star Viewing at…

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Seniors Week

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 A Relaxing Afternoon in the Tranquil Grounds of the Observatory Day: Saturday 13th October Time: 2.00-4.00pm Come and experience our beautiful Camera Obscura View the Sun safely How can we listen to our Universe? Special discounted price for Seniors, $10 includes Tea, Coffee, Muffin.   Book on 0429 199 312 or Email bas@cbl.com.au or Book…

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Childrens Week

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AFTERNOON PROGRAM Astronomical Afternoon Tea Saturday 20th October 2.00pm Astronomical craft activities for children of various ages, explore the Camera Obscura children love it (and Adults), safe observation of the Sun if fine. 3.00 pm Afternoon tea is provided, special astronomical delights! Children Free Adults $10 BOOK HERE   EVENING PROGRAM International Observe the Moon…

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International Observe the Moon Night 2018

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Saturday 20th October 6.30 -7.45pm Moon-B-Q with Salads Vegetarian and Gluten Free options. 8.00pm Talk “Tides and Earthquakes – the Moons Influence” (Talk only $5) 8.30pm Viewing of the stunningly beautiful 11 day old Moon and Planets as well 🙂 International Observe the Moon Night (InOMN) is an annual worldwide public event that encourages observation,…

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A Wonderful Spring Night – At The Baker and Jelbart Telescope

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Saturday 17th November 2018 Come and join us to celebrate…… The Observatory celebrates the 130th Anniversary of the Baker Telescope, 100th Anniversary of the Jelbart Telescope and the 60th Anniversary of the Ballaarat Astronomical Society,  a Wonderful Spring Night  at The Baker and Jelbart Telescopes. 6.00pm “An Astronomical Journey” – Judith Bailey will speak about…

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Geminid Meteor Shower Midnight14th December

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Open 10.00pm If the weather looks good, we will have a late viewing for the Geminid Meteor Shower (and other deep sky objects) which peaks after midnight on Friday 14th December. We will also look for Comet P/Wirtanen (46p). Camping is available onsite  BYO everything. Disability Toilet available  and hot drinks included in entry fee….

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School Holidays – Electronic Workshops

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Crazy Cricket above. Do you know someone who is interested in electronics but doesn’t know where to begin? Workshops 1 & 2 are for the absolute beginner who has no prior knowledge, but is eager to learn the fascinating fundamentals of modern electronics.   Date: Wednesday 9th January Workshop 1: 9:30am to 12 noon for…

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Earth Hour 2019 Dark Skies for All IAU100

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Saturday 30th March open from 8.00pm 8.00pm The Night Sky – Our Heritage  – Preserving our Night Sky for future generations, what Can You do? 8.30 – 9.30pm Earth Hour – Out under the Ballarat night sky we will look at some deep sky objects and look at our heritage of the beautiful night sky,…

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