Starry Southern Skies – Melbourne Observatory Tour

The Troop is planning to visit the Melbourne Observatory in the Royal Botanic Gardens. The tour includes observing the night sky, so it is a later event than usual. It will be a late night so plan ahead with a good night sleep on Sunday!!.

So that we can confirm numbers for the group booking, please book Scouts in ASAP. I have provided a ticket type for others interested in participating. There are limited numbers, but if there are available places, I will advise on the weekend beforehand.

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We have arranged the City of Melbourne bus or you can make individual arrangements for transport to and from the observatory. We will meet at the hall at 8:20pm to arrange car sharing. We will return to the hall at 11:00pm.

This activity can contribute towards earning the Astronomer badge. The requirements are listed below. It will meet the requirement for an activity in Part C. You will also need to complete one task from each of A and B as well as showing you have an interest in, have practiced and have improved proficiency in Astronomy.


1. Find out about two main stars and one constellation of your choice.

2. Find out how to navigate by the stars.

3. Find out how to tell time by the stars.

4. Know the principal observatories, both optical and radio in the world.


1. Make a simple astronomical model to illustrate some features of the solar system.

2. Be able to set up a telescope and know the precautions when using it.

3. Know the location in the night sky of two constellations.


1. Organise an activity where the stars and constellations you have researched are observed.

2. Identify and report on a natural solar system or universe event, e.g. visit by a comet.

3. Visit and report on a visit to an observatory.

The Group is subsidising the cost with money raised through the fundraising efforts of your committee.

When is it?

8:20 PM to 11:00 PM, Monday, 17 February 2020

Where is it?

Melbourne Observatory, Royal Botanic Gardens
31 Birdwood Avenue
South Yarra

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