Summer School Holiday Program 2020

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School Holidays 2nd January – 25th January Tuesday -Thursday- Saturday ( 1 Monday only on 6th January)   Bookings Essential   3rd Rock Cafe open from 4.30pm for light snacks. Day Program: 5.00 – 7.00pm – Activities for Children and Adults – Camera Obscura, rocket launching, safe observation of the Sun, Virtual Reality Walking on the…

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Valentines Day – 30th Anniversary of the Pale Blue Dot and An Evening Under the Stars

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Come along and join us for a Special supper under the Stars for Valentine’s Day, 30th Anniversary of the Pale Blue Dot image from Voyager 1 followed by viewing at the telescopes. If it is cloudy an alternative program will be provided. 8.15pm Supper  followed by viewing at the telescopes. Cost includes supper Book online…

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‘Little Stars’ Weekly Program

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Thursdays 1.00pm – 2.30pm Afternoon Program Thursdays Our program designed for children aged  3yrs -7yrs explores a different aspect of the Night Sky and the World around us each month. This program is currently only available on a Thursday. The first Little Stars session will coincide with Children’s Week. Themes plus any others that we…

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Earth Hour 2020

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This event has been cancelled due to COVID-19 but you can still carry out your own backyard survey, details below. 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…

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Yuri’s Night April 12th

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Yuri’s Night is a global celebration of humanity’s past, present, and future in space. Yuri’s Night parties and events are held around the world every April in commemoration of Yuri Gagarin becoming the first human to venture into space on April 12, 1961, and the inaugural launch of the first Space Shuttle on April 12,…

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International Dark Sky Week (working from home in isolation) 18-26 April 2020

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Image:Protecting the Night – Delacombe Victoria Australia – A Local Solution for Smart Security  J. Bailey Events Around the World International Dark Sky Week – (working from home in isolation 🤩) in partnership with International Dark-Sky Association Victoria When: 21st April 4.00pm AEST (UT+10) Melbourne What: Light pollution or who stole the night? Dr Nick…

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Hubble 30th

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Image credit: NASA/JPL/STScI Hubble Deep Field Team Hubble Celebrates its 30th Anniversary with a Tapestry of Blazing Starbirth 24 April 2020 Each year, the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope dedicates a small portion of its precious observing time to taking a special anniversary image, showcasing particularly beautiful and meaningful objects. These images continue to challenge scientists…

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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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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 Moon Tides…

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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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School Holidays 30th June – 11th July

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Mysterious and beautiful – Our Moon. Do you know how old the Moon is tonight? Activities for children,  and 3D Movies, viewing at the telescopes if clear. * Dates: Open selected days see bookings online 30th June – 11th July * Times: 5pm – 7pm * Address: Ballarat Observatory 439 Cobden St, Ballarat ( Entry…

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Dr Russell Cockman Online Talk

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Image Credit: Near-Live image of the sun in 171 angstrom as seen by NASA’s Solar Dynamic Observatory  5 8 2020   Dr Russell Cockman  is the ASV Solar Section Director, and lectures in Chemistry at RMIT, he is a retired Industrial Chemist. COST $3 for non- members, free for members. The topic will be: “The…

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SCiVR Headsets to use at home

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Cost $10 each includes SciVR headset posted out. The SciVR experience brings our incredible Universe to you using virtual reality. With the app on your smartphone and a foldable VR headset, you’ll delve into a whole new world of science. This initiative is supported by the Australian Government as part of National Science Week and…

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