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Ballarat Observatory is doing a Workshop on Saturday, 9th of December. I will do a 2-hour tutorial followed by a practical session outside (weather permitting). Booking details are below.

Orionid Meteor!

I was lucky enough to catch one grain of dust from Halley's comet on Saturday morning.
October 21st, 2017, Central Victoria, Australia

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Waiting for Orionids meteor shower last night.
Only got one before the clouds rolled but it was really enjoyable to be under the dark sky again 😉
The rocks look kind of interesting too. Mother seal with her pup or something else?

Central Victoria, Australia, October 21st 2017
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The Observatories

in June 2011 I was very lucky to attend the inaugural STARMUS festival on Tenerife and observe with the largest single-mirror optical telescope on the planet – 10-metre GranTeCan. After spending five days at STARMUS listening to and chatting with the great astrophysicists and space legends I decided to dedicate more time to astronomy science and film the observatories around the world.

Liquid Light Show

During our camping holiday at Wilsons Promontory National Park (Victoria, Australia) in December I noticed a glimpse of bioluminescence in the surf. However, the weather was not favourable for night sky photography and I knew I had to return at the earliest opportunity and photograph this phenomenon under the stars. I waited for the next New Moon in January 2013 and ventured out to Squeaky Beach at night. The blue surf started to appear when it became dark and it was amazing to see the blue sparkle as I walked in the water.

Persistent Meteor Trains

A collection of time lapse animations with bright persistent meteor trains – trails of ionised gas in the atmosphere after the meteor appearance.

Photography by Greg Walton & Alex Cherney

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