Museum Victoria

Museum Victoria is responsible for the state’s scientific and cultural collections, providing public access through three museums.

We also oversee a wide range of research programs, the continued development of the state’s collections, and run major education and research based websites.

We are the largest public museums organisation in Australia.


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Mars and Earth have a close encounter every 26 months. Zolt Levay (STScI)

SkyWatch: Mars, Saturn, the full moon and Scorpius

This weekend Mars appears at its best and brightest. It reaches opposition on Sunday, May 22, which means the planet will appear opposite the sun as viewed from Earth and it brings Mars closest to Earth…
After 17 years, the International Space Station makes 100,000 orbits of Earth. NASA

The International Space Station: 100,000 laps and counting

The International Space Station (ISS) has completed more than 100,000 orbits of Earth. It reached this impressive milestone on Monday afternoon (AEST), May 16. The station’s odometer has clocked more than…
The greenish glow of Comet 252P/LINEAR seen to the left of the Large Magellanic Cloud (Swan Hill, Victoria.March 19, 5am). M. Mattiazzo

Comet 252P/LINEAR swings by Earth, much brighter than expected

In a surprise to comet watchers, Comet 252P/LINEAR is rapidly brightening as it flies past Earth. The comet will make its closest approach around 12:15am on March 22 (AEDT), and it’ll be a close one for…
Jupiter stands out as the brightest object in the evening sky. Hypervel\flickr

Jupiter returns as king of the night sky

Since January, there have not been any planets to see in the evening sky. Instead, all five bright planets have been visible in the early hours before sunrise. But now Jupiter, the king of the planets…
The moon partly hides the sun from Lake Bolac, Victoria, April 29, 2014. Phil Hart

A partial solar eclipse for northern and western Australia

This Wednesday, March 9, the sun and moon will meet together in the daytime sky. Over Indonesia, the moon will perfectly line-up with the sun, producing a total solar eclipse that follows a path across…
Mercury rises out of the early morning glow to complete the full set of five bright planets. Museum Victoria/Stellarium

All five bright planets come together in the morning sky

For the first time in more than 10 years, it will be possible to see all five bright planets together in the sky. Around an hour or so before sunrise, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn, the five…
A brilliant fireball lights up the sky above the Southern Ocean at the 12 Apostles National Park on the Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia. Alex Cherney

Look up! Your guide to some of the best meteor showers for 2016

Many meteor showers are a regular annual event, but what you can see varies from year to year. So which showers will be the best for 2016?
Twenty planetary systems will be named by the public, but get in quick as voting closes soon. ESO/L. Calçada

New worlds to be named by popular vote (and their stars too!)

Twenty years ago this month, astronomers announced the discovery of the first planet found orbiting an ordinary star, one quite similar to our sun but a few billion years older. The star was 51 Pegasi…
The crescent moon and Venus often make a pretty sight together in the sky. Phil Plait/flickr

Venus encounters the moon before dawn

Before sunrise this Friday, October 9, Venus will briefly hide behind the moon, as seen from central and eastern Australia. This rare event is known as a Lunar Occultation of Venus. For about an hour…
Supermassive black holes, containing as much mass as millions or billions of suns, exist at the centre of all galaxies, including our own Milky Way. NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Speaking with: Meg Urry on supermassive black holes

Tanya Hill speaks with Meg Urry about distant galaxies and the supermassive black holes that lurk in their centres.
There are so many galaxies, you can write with them!

Citizen scientists discover what’s out there

It’s National Science Week and this year the annual citizen science project run by ABC Science is astronomy-themed. No guesses for knowing that I’m excited about that! It’s also a nod to 2015 being the…
Good enough to eat - ‘Outredgeous’ lettuce grown under pink lights on the International Space Station. NASA

First ever bites of space-grown food

For the first time, astronauts on board the International Space Station (ISS) have enjoyed munching down on food they have grown themselves. That’s a really special achievement considering the three things…
The faint comet appears just below the moon, with the Parkes Radio Telescope in the foreground. The bright ‘star’ to the right of the moon is the planet Venus. Alex Cherney

The twilight comet: Comet PanSTARRS

Over the last few nights, bright Venus, Jupiter and the lovely crescent moon have been capturing people’s attention in the western sky. But hidden from view has been an interloper making a rare trip through…
Welcome to the family. Ben Gross/twitter

Welcome to the family, Pluto

What an amazing time for space exploration. The picture of the solar system from my childhood is now complete, as seen in this great family portrait produced by Ben Gross, a research fellow at the Chemical…
The last photo sent to Earth by New Horizons before its flyby, and arguably the ‘textbook’ photo of the planet for the next few decades. NASA

Live blog: New Horizons flyby of Pluto

Join Tanya Hill as she live blogs the New Horizons flyby of Pluto at 9.30pm AEST tonight.
The tropical orange blotch surgeon fish has been moving south into New South Wales. Graham Edgar / Reef Life Survey

Following Nemo: marine life is heading south

As warmer seas move further south, tropical wildlife is going with them, giving us a dramatic insight into how global warming is changing our oceans.

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