Growing up in the Aussie bush I fell in love with the sky at an early age.

I am always happy to share my love of the sky with anyone who will listen and have been a speaker for schools, amateur astronomy gatherings; Astrofests, seniors groups and even a guest lecturer on a number of Princess and other Cruiselines.

I was honoured to be featured as one the 2019 Legends of the Bush in The 2019 RM Williams Great Australian magazine and then in 2021, I was featured in a beautiful book ‘Classic Agenda Heros’ with many other Classic Heroes.

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My 10 minutes of fame came when NASA’s WISE spacecraft took a picture of a comet I discovered a few years previously – announcing to the world that “ANU Astronomer, Donna Burton was the first Australian woman to discover a comet.” It always gives me a giggle as I was totally unaware of it all and besides which I had discovered the comet 3 years previously! And besides which it was my second comet. (Read news article)

If you are looking for an entertaining speaker for your event either in person or online I would be happy to be involved. 

I am also involved in the Skype a Scientist program and the International Group Astronomers Without Borders.

I can advise you on how you can incorporate night sky tourism into your business and you DO NOT have to be an astronomer or even have a telescope. Find out more  about “Our Regional Skies” tourism packages.

You can also subscribe to my YouTube channel and follow my PodCast.

Donna 

TripAdvisor Reviews

  • star rating  An awesome experience! Donna really knows her stuff and makes it fun and interesting to learn about our sout

    avatar thumb goot74
    July 7, 2021

    star rating  Great evening. Donna is very knowledgeable and engaging. Everyone gets several looks through the telescope and questions are encouraged. Highly recommended.

    B7686CPdavidw
    May 25, 2021

    star rating  This is a must do event even if you’re not that into star gazing..
    Donna was away the night we attended, however Brandon (I think that his name) was… read more

    avatar thumb KJA
    January 26, 2022
  • star rating  This is the most awesome place. Beautiful night for viewing. It blew my mind. Donna gives a great discussion, insight and knowledge beyond what i expected. Saturn and neptune were… read more

    avatar thumb Nezza
    September 26, 2021

    star rating  Donna is very knowledgeable and passionate, it was a pleasure learning about the milky way from her.

    jena753
    May 3, 2021

    star rating  It was a cloudy night. Donna has a lot of interesting information. The telescope was a little hard to locate some stars but finally found the right ones.
    Saw a… read more

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    July 5, 2021