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Family Star Gazing at The Briars

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MPAS (Mornington Peninsula Astronomical society) host public star gazing nights on the first friday of every month

People have been gazing in wonderment into the night sky for many thousands of years. The mystery of infinity leaves all of us wondering, what is really out there and are we alone?

The Mornington Peninsula Astronomy Society (MPAS) formed in 1969, is an group of amateur astronomers who have been meeting to view, discuss and share their thirst for astronomical knowledge together. On the first friday of every month, they open their doors and minds to the general public to share their incredible insights and observations of the night sky.

A presentation about different space topics is given by volunteers, which last between 60 to 90 minutes. On our visit, Peter Lowe gave an excellent presentation about polar vortex and the crazy weather they bring with them. While Trevor Hand (who travels the seas on cruise ships giving talks on the night sky) gave a very interesting talk on "robots in space." which looked at past missions and future projects.

As an adult who adores space documentaries I really enjoyed both talks and found them fascinating. However, younger children may find them a little hard to grasp.

You can miss the talks and just head straight to the telescopes if your children are younger in age, however the stars don't come out till the sun goes down which was is around 9.00pm during summer months.

All public viewing nights commence at 8pm. A family ticket is just $25. (Adults $10 children $5). Younger ones may find the start time too be too late however all children are very welcome to attend. We'd suggest mid primary school age and above would be better suited to the activity.

If you're looking for a different kind of family night out head to the next public viewing night on the first Friday of each month throughout the year.

The whole universe awaits you.

Where: The Briars, Mount Martha, VIC
When: First Friday of the month, year round. From 8pm
Web: www.mpas.asn.au
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