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,"…

Outreach Team Finishes a Huge August Program

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The Outreach team had a massive month of events in August 2019. Nearly half the month had something on! We did: 7 scout groups 2 interest groups (adults) 1 private booking 1 Public Viewing night 1 Fashion shoot 1 Film shoot…

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…

Sunday 18th August 2019 - Working Bee

S.O.S. to all M.B.O. members.  We have got lots of things to get completed and in ensuring the maintenance of the property and buildings are up kept.  Our goals are listed below: Outside works: Clean up the grounds i.e. removal of…

Australians Have a Chance to Name a Star and Exoplanet

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As part of the 100thAnniversary celebrations of the International Astronomical Union (IAU) every country in the world is being given the chance to name their own star and an orbiting exoplanet. This is the IAU100 Name ExoWorlds project. The…

When can I visit the Observatory?

Members of the public need to either book a place on one of our Public Viewing nights or make a group booking. We also run occasional open days for which you don't need to book. There is great demand to come look through the telescopes and…