NBTA Christmas Dinner 2016
The Melbourne Observatory was established in 1863 and was one of the most important astronomical observatories in the Southern Hemisphere. Its work included mapping of the southern hemisphere stars, published as catalogues and distributed to astronomers around the world. Special astronomical events such as solar eclipses, transits of Mercury or Venus across the face of the Sun, and comets resulted in special projects to compare observations of the phenomena with astronomers worldwide.
With the arrival of the Great Melbourne Telescope in 1869, the Observatory began a detailed study of the southern sky. It provided standard Observatory time to ships’ captains, central city clocks and the railways. Telegraphic connection to weather stations throughout Victoria and the other colonies enabled the gathering of meteorological data; by 1881 it was providing weather maps and weather forecasts to the daily newspapers.
Whilst most of the original equipment has gone, the 8 inch astronomical telescope remains and will be available for NBTA guests to view the moon on the evening of the dinner.
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