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:        17th APRIL  2018.

TIME:                     10.30  a.m. - 12.15 p.m.

VENUE:                  THE LODGE, BURWOOD



     TOPIC:                 "ON TYCHO'S ISLAND" 

John has quite a sense of history, presenting on the greats who made inroads into Astronomy and adds an extra dimension by his visits to the locales of these 'greats'.  He will speak on how Tycho Brahe revolutionised astronomy in the late 16th century. As well as being a prolific observer, Tycho built an observatory together with new instrumentation. These instruments allowed him to make systematic observations of the position of planets and stars with improved accuracy - with calculations that proved both the Ptolemaic and Copernican models of he universe were untenable.                                 

     John last presented for Diurnals in July 2017  on:   "Galileo - His Life and Times"                                                                                                                

Members might like to bring along a cut lunch and enjoy the company of kindred spirits following the presentation.

 For enquiries:  Phone Pat Larkin on 0400 457 342