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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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…
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…

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