Stargazers and history lovers are in for a treat this November when the Melbourne Observatory celebrates its 150th anniversary with a weekend of activities on 23 and 24 November.

Today the Melbourne Observatory is best known for its distinctive shaped buildings and the popular stargazing tours. What is less well known was its importance to the rapidly growing city of Melbourne in the nineteenth century.

The anniversary celebrations start from 3pm on Saturday 23 November.
Activities include:
Free guided tours of the Melbourne Observatory with the Astronomical Society of Victoria (ASV)
Viewing of the Sun and Alpha Centauri from a range of available telescopes, both new and historical
Children’s activities
Roving entertainers
Music performances

On Sunday 24 November the ASV will host a ticketed seminar on Australian Colonial Astronomy focusing on science, astronomy, the role of women in science, and the significance of the Melbourne Observatory. Visit asv.org.au to register.
All activities are free except for the seminar on Australian Colonial Astronomy.
Program details are available at rbg.vic.gov.au or call the Visitor Centre on (03) 9252 2429 for more information.