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.                                       



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

VENUE:                       The Lodge, Burwood.

TOPIC:                                           "COSMIC EVOLUTION - from the Big Bang to the Big Brain - Latest Ideas"

 PRESENTER:                              DR. JOHN O'CONNOR -   U3A 


John has presented on many occasions to Diurnals and his topics have covered various fields. As well as presenting on Comets, Einstein's Universe,  Exo-planents and Exo-biology, he has considered topics from a cosmic perspective such as Climate Change and our Future, the Human Mind, Human Affairs, a Cosmic Afterlife, and even Geo-Politics from a Cosmic Perspective!

Last but not least, in 2018 John presented:   "OUR COSMIC SIGNIFICANCE - Alone in the Milky Way".

His presentations are guaranteed to generate some interesting questions and discussion.


Members are invited to share in the traditional 'Xmas Feast' in the Clubroom following the presentation.  (Please bring a plate.)  This is a nice chance to mix with kindred spirits and celebrate the Festive Season.

                                     For enquiries:  Phone Pat Larkin on 0400 457 342 or      email: