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…

Saturday 3rd August 2019 - Young Observers

A damp start to the evening turned into a wet night so we weren’t able to get any telescopes out this month. Instead we learnt about Voyager 2’s flyby of Neptune, as it will the 30th anniversary of that on the 25th of August, and it was…

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…

Saturday 1st June 2019 - Young Observers

This month we took a look at the basic life cycle of stars. This included a video with a song about the birth of stars, and a worksheet with a word-find puzzle that showed the two paths stars are likely to take; the one our Sun is on, heading…

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…

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…

Saturday 2nd March 2019 - Young Observers

Unfortunately the March meeting did not go ahead. Firstly we cancelled on the 2nd of March due to the dangerous fire conditions and the ongoing Bunyip National Park fire event, then the following week smoke from the fire filled the air and made…

Saturday 2nd February 2019 - Young Observers

It was great to see so many familiar faces back at Young Observers on Saturday to start the year off, and we also welcomed some new ones. We weren’t able to do any viewing with telescopes because of daylight savings but we still had plenty…

Saturday 1st December 2018 - Young Observers

A good crowd of happy kids filled the cabin for our end of year party which started with a quiz. Nearly all the questions were answered (with a little help) then it off to the dome for a festive laser light show. After some food the kids stuck…