The Diurnals

Contributed by Pat Larkin

The DIURNALS is a friendly group which meets during the daytime on the third Tuesday of the month February - December.


To provide an opportunity for meetings during the DAYTIME.

To disseminate knowledge on various facets of astronomy and related fields, together with Space Exploration, in an informal environment.

To foster enjoyment of the subject matter with kindred spirits, and to encourage newer members who may show an interest in a particular area.

There are no pre-requisites and you don't have to be a mathematics or physics genius! Just come with a desire to learn.  Most months, we have a guest speaker, and talks given cover a wide range of astronomical fields and space exploration. Occasionally, a film is shown followed by discussion if desired.   Two or three times a year, we will have an excursion to another facility, e.g., Swinburne University, Melbourne Planetarium or a Science facility.                                             

Next Meeting:        21st  AUGUST  2018.

TIME:                     10.20  a.m.  (for a 10.30 start  -  approx. noon)

VENUE:                  MELBOURNE OBSERVATORY,  Birdwood Ave. South Yarra   (Please note changed venue) 

                                Meet at Building (which houses ASV Library and near 12 inch Dome).       

 PRESENTER:       Rod Brown - ASV.  Director Historical and Demonstrators' Sections

 COST:                        FREE 

Please phone or email to BOOK  as  approximate number attending needs to be known.

 Come along for an interesting morning to learn of the long-standing ASV-Melbourne Observatory connection.   A tour of the Observatory and its historical significance with time keeping, star charting, the photoheliograph and its connection with the 19th Century Transit of Venus, will be provided.  This is also a wonderful opportunity to become familiar with the extensive ASV Library where Astronomer Ellery once sat!    Weather permitting, we may also have a chance of solar observing.

Morning tea will be provided, and there will be opportunity to stay and have lunch together to chat further with  our presenter, Rod.


   For enquiries:  Phone Pat Larkin on 0400 457 342