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Published April 14th 2018
Help to break a world record attempt at this Observatory
ABOUT THE OBSERVATORY This observatory was in a state of disuse when Monash University began negotiations in 2010 to decommission it. The Astronomical Society of Victoria (ASV) was approached to take over the lease but the ASV declined this offer. After this, four senior members of the ASV plus an astronomer formed the association now known as the Mt Burnett Observatory inc. with the intention of saving the Observatory. So it was that in 2011 this observatory got a new lease of life as the community astronomical observatory.
The Observatory is situated at 420 Paternoster Rd, Mount Burnett.
EVENTS Nowadays the Mount Burnett Observatory has a number of different types of events such as:
Members nights (guests welcome)
Public viewing nights
This article is a list of events for the month of May, 2018.
1. MEMBERS NIGHT This will be held on 4th May, 2018 at from 8.00 pm to 11.00 pm. Every Friday night is members' night at Mount Burnett and you can go to this event for astronomy talks, viewing, and supper.
Programme of events for the month is: 1. Sky for the Month on the first Friday where Perry Vlahos introduces the night sky for the month.
2. Learning Friday on the second Friday, and this session focuses on teaching different aspects of astronomy and astrophysics and will be led by Barry, Gordon and James.
3. Open Skies is on the third Friday and this will be a chance to meet other MBO members or you can go straight into observing with their portable telescopes.
4. Visiting speaker on the fourth Friday, and this is subject to speaker availability and will focus on a talk by a visiting astronomer.
5. Techno Friday if there is a fifth Friday, this will be about the more technical aspects of astronomy and will be led by Ken and Ray.
2. YOUNG OBSERVERS
This will be held on Saturday 5th May, 2018 from 6.30 pm to 9.00 pm.
Young Observers is an event for Members Only and you are required to bring a plate of food along to share. If the weather is suitable, they may bring out the telescopes for viewing, and they also have the beginnings of a Young Observers Library being put together.
3. DEEP SKY PROGRAMME
This will be on Saturday 12th May, 2018 at 7.30 am and on Sunday 13th May at noon.
The Deep-Sky Programme is a special event of astronomical observing for anybody interested in our brilliant Cosmos. This will be fascinating as you will experience the wonders of the universe through the eyes of a telescope.
Astronomical objects such as "distant galaxies, gargantuan globular clusters and exquisite nebulae" are just some of the things you could see. You will be able to use the Observatory's Dobsonian telescopes. This will commence as soon as the sky turns dark, allowing distant, and faint objects to become accessible.
Complementary to this Deep-Sky Programme, the Observatory also run Astrophotography sessions for those who want to capture an image of the objects they see. Astrophotography operates at different levels based upon requisite technologies and experience. However, even a mobile phone can sometimes capture the Moon through a telescope! Neil Creek will be there to help with your queries on equipment and software to enhance your photographic endeavours.
4. WORLD RECORD STARGAZING
Join Mount Burnett Observatory at the Emerald Secondary College for an evening of fun and excitement as they attempt to break a Guinness World Record!
This free community event will include a live screening of Stargazing Live with Brian Cox, and a gold coin donation will be requested on entry to help the local community groups putting on this event.
The events will be held on 23rd May, 2018 as follows:
7.00 pm - Event registration and Telescope collection
8.00 pm - Stargazing Live broadcast commences
9.00 to 9.00 pm - World Record attempt will take place
10.00 pm - Event concludes
They are attempting to set the record for the Most People Stargazing Across Multiple Venues, and for this record, the participants will stargaze at the moon through a telescope or binoculars for a 10 minute period simultaneously across multiple sites throughout Australia.
The current World Record, set in 2015 by the Australian National University, stands at 7,960 people across 37 locations.
This event will take place even if it is cloudy or raining as they only require a 10 minute viewing window on the moon for the record attempt, however if the weather does not clear for the 10 minute viewing window, the venue will be disqualified and the number of participants won't count towards the World Record.
You can make your booking to participate in this exciting event at this link.
You can find out more about the events at this link.