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Catch the stargazing bug at Melbourne Observatory

Star light, star bright,
The first star I see tonight;
I wish I may, I wish I might,
Have the wish I wish tonight.

If the stargazing bug takes hold of you this week with the ABC's Stargazing Live event, look no further than Melbourne Observatory to catch a closer glimpse of the southern night skies.

Established on its current site at Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria in 1863, the Melbourne Observatory was a centre for astronomical observations and scientific research for almost 80 years until it was decommissioned in 1945. Since then the Astronomical Society of Victoria, in association with Museum Victoria and the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, has kept the telescopes functioning.

Weekly night sky tours are held throughout the year with expert tour guides from the Astronomical Society of Victoria. Visitors are shown through the Observatory buildings, provided with a history of the site, and weather permitting, with the assistance of the tour guides, can view the night skies through the powerful heritage telescopes.

So, if you’ve caught the stargazing bug this week, why not book a tour of the Melbourne Observatory?

Bookings are essential and can be made either online or by contacting the Melbourne Gardens Visitor Centre on 9252 2429.


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