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Reach for the Stars

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  • Briars Astronomy Centre and Mount Martha Observatory
    450 Nepean Highway, Mount Martha VIC 3934, Australia

Come discover what 102,000 others have experienced before you.

Bring your five senses to a highly popular astronomy evening filled with wonder with the Mornington Peninsula Astronomical Society at our registered Mount Martha observatory, south east of Melbourne under dark skies.

See the stars, planets and other night sky objects visible at this time of the year through our large telescopes. Come and hold in your hands something from space that is older than the Earth. Hear about the AWESOMELY BIG ideas out there and get to ask any question in the Universe that you might have.

The evening starts indoors with a multimedia talk and Q&A then, weather permitting, moves outside onto the observing field and observatory with the assembled telescopes underneath the night sky.

Please dress appropriately for being outdoors and on a grassy or uneven surface. You may bring a small torch if you wish.

The observatory is marked on Google Maps and on the Melways at map reference 151/E1.

Driving directions: The venue is in regional Mount Martha inside the Briars Historic Park and nature reserve, and is entered on the east side of Nepean Highway. Drive carefully through the park, with the possibility of wildlife on the road after dark. Follow the signs for 2 km along a sealed road, past a visitors’ centre on your left and café and vineyard on your right, up the hill then straight ahead, with the Shire Nursery on your left, then the observatory is 100 m further along on the left, next door to the Eco House.