End of Term Three

There is lots of news to pass on this week,

  • How Term Three finished up
  • Three new schools start the program
  • News in Astronomy
  • Upcoming Activities and Events

So it is going to be a week of blogging for me to get you all up-to-date on the program and what is happening in Astronomy at the moment. By no means is this exhaustive and if you have anything you would like to share, please leave a comment or two as we would love to hear from you.

The end of term 3 saw a lot of mixed weather as summer started to move in on winter’s territory, but we did manage to get a couple of observing nights in. So I would like to share a couple of pictures with you.

Firstly, Pascoe Vale Girls College continued with their regular Tuesday night sessions with PhD. Astrophysics student, Jenny and Astro undergrad, Stephanie, helping out and suggesting all sorts of interesting and challenging objects to look at. Some new objects included M7 and M11 the Wild Duck Cluster. The old favourites were also seen, such as Saturn and Mars, Omega Centauri and Alpha Centauri. They also watched the International Space Station cross the sky!

Meanwhile I was out at Suzanne Cory for an impromptu session on the promise of a clear night. We had our very keen Year 9 student Carolin come along and she spent the entire time operating the telescope, learning how to align and find objects. She did a sensational job, well done Caroline!

There was also a session at Charles La Trobe College which was led by Astro PhD student, Mark. It was a cloudy night but well attended.

Caroline's Night

Caroline operating the telescope

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