Mount Burnett Observatory
The Mount Burnett Observatory was built by Monash University in the 1970s for its astrophysics students. Time moved on and in the 21st Century the building languished almost forgotten, until a group of enthusiastic locals and astronomy fans took it over in 2010. Current President, Dr. James Murray, has long held a dream of bringing Science to the Dandenong Ranges and surrounding Community and MBO is doing so, and spreading wider than we ever imagined.
The MBO team is made up of enthusiastic and friendly volunteers who are happy to give anything a go. Just because it hasn’t been done before doesn’t mean we can’t try it! We are a diverse group and welcome all! We have an active Young Observers group, a Deep Sky section and a Radio astronomy group and much more. We offer something for everyone.
In the few short years of the group’s existence, we have run National Science week events, both in the Ranges and at Scienceworks, the Hillscene Live Arts event, attended the Belgrave Lantern Parade, undertaken Sidewalk Astronomy, been a location for independent films, held school and scout outreach, Public Events , Private Viewings and are about to hold our first astrophotography exhibition in conjunction with the Yarra Ranges Regional Museum. We’re really looking forward to being back at Scienceworks this year and plan to bring our telescopes, our displays, our kids activities and our awesome team of volunteers!
Check the Program page for the full schedule.
See the official Scienceworks What’s On page for further details and ticket sales. Tickets are limited, so get in quick!