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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The truth is we don’t really know if space goes on forever – but maybe, one day, we will find out. Sweetie187/flickr

Curious Kids: Does space go on forever?

People used to think that when they looked up at the night sky, they were seeing all of space. Then American astronomer Edwin Hubble found out something so amazing, NASA named a telescope after him.
Moonshine at Flinders, Victoria. Alex Cherney

Follow the Moon to the stars and Jupiter

The ABC is encouraging us all to get out and observe the sky with their exciting Stargazing Live series to air April 4-6 with Professor Brian Cox and involving many astronomers across Australia. Here’s…
Pluto is a dwarf planet but that doesn’t make it any less worthy of our attention. NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI

Planet or dwarf planet: all worlds are worth investigating

A group of astronomers are trying to reclassify Pluto as full 'planet'. But there are good reasons to leave our classification system alone, and this doesn't mean Pluto is any less interesting.
Turn your eyes to the Moon this weekend. Karen Arnold

Watch the bright star Regulus hide behind the Full Moon

Across Australia, on the evening of February 11/12, the Full Moon will travel directly in front of the bright star Regulus. For about an hour, the star will be hidden from view as the Moon passes by. This…
Patience can be rewarded as with this composite of the 2016 Geminids meteor shower, seen over Mt Teide volcano on the Canary Islands, off Spain. Flickr/StarryEarth

Look up! Your guide to some of the best meteor showers for 2017

2017 is looking to be a spectacular year for meteor showers. So here's what to look out for in both the northern and southern skies.
Stunning moon rise over Brokeoff Mountain, California. Jillian Kern/flickr

Why all the super buzz about the supermoon?

A beautiful full moon will grace our skies on Monday November 14 this year. Full moons always rise around sunset, so look for it towards the east during evening twilight. Every month, occasionally even…
With all data sent back to Earth, Rosetta signs off and descends to the comet’s surface. ESA

Once upon a time… how the Rosetta mission won our hearts

Last Friday, September 30, the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Rosetta mission, which explored the Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, reached its final conclusion and was heralded a resounding success. The…
A trio of planets, Jupiter (top), Venus (bottom left) and Mercury (bottom right) as seen from La Silla Observatory, Chile on May 26, 2013. Y. Beletsky (LCO)/ESO

When ancient lovers meet: the best planet duo of 2016

A fantastic lineup of planets has been visible over the past few weeks. Glance upwards just after sunset and all five bright planets – Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn – the only planets that can…
The Earth’s only steadfast companion. Adrian Kingsley-Hughes/flickr

Companions of Earth: minimoons, quasi-satellites and horseshoes

The Earth has one steadfast companion – the moon has been locked in orbit around the Earth since its violent formation more than four billion years ago. However, Earth’s gravity can also tug on small nearby…
All five planets can be seen across the evening sky during August. Museum Victoria/Stellarium

Your guide to see five planets after sunset

After sundown from late July through August, there’s the chance to see five planets at once in the evening sky. Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn are the only planets in our solar system bright…
Found you! The new dwarf planet caught moving through the image frames over a span of three hours. OSSOS team

New dwarf planet in the outer solar system

What’s round, orbits the sun and resides in the heavily-populated parts of our solar system such as the asteroid belt or the Kuiper belt? It’s a dwarf planet, and astronomers have just discovered a new…
Jupiter and its Great Red Spot. NASA, ESA, and M. Kornmesser.

By Jupiter, what we know of the gas giant so far

Look towards the north-west after sunset and there is currently one bright point of light that easily stands out relative to everything around it. That is the planet Jupiter, shining with an intense and…
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…

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