Entries by jacquiemilner

Past student revisits MBO – and brings his students!

MBO was honoured to have the first PhD student to graduate from the observatory back when Monash University ran it, Dr Len Halprin, come back and pay a visit – with his current students from Sandringham College. “It’s like coming full circle,” he commented. He graduated around the time the old wooden 16″ telescope was […]

Saturday 7th September 2019 – Young Observers

The seasons are changing here on Earth as we approach the September Equinox, but have you ever considered that other planets might have seasons? Or not? And which ones? Did you know seasons on Uranus last 21 years? These were all thing that the Novae group explored at the September session. The older Supernovae group […]

Saturday 6th July 2019 – Young Observers

The sky was clear on a Young Observers night for the first time since April so we celebrated by opening the Monash dome and pointing the big 18” telescope at Jupiter and Saturn for everyone to enjoy. We also learnt about the Apollo mission spacecraft and how they got to the Moon and back 50 […]

Saturday 4th May 2019 – Young Observers

We had rebel fighters, we had Darth Vaders and Boba Fett came looking for Han Solo, but he was off making the Kessel run in under 12 parsecs during our Star Wars themed Young Observers night. So we had a lesson on how to measure parallax of stars so we could determine their distance from […]

Saturday 6th April 2019 – Young Observers

The weather was kind to us for our April meeting but only a small group of Novae gathered (it was the start of school holidays) to finish off some work on the Periodic table. We tried an introduction to spectra, matching some mystery spectra to their elements. That’s how we find out what things are […]