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  Donna is both an entertaining character and a passionate research astronomer with endless insight into the heavens. On her beautiful bush property, it is a privilege to witness the starry… read more

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    July 8, 2021

    star rating  Nike! (Just do it!)
    Thanks Donna and team
    A highlight for us so far
    (And lots of shares on FB Donna)

    PhillGoulding
    May 19, 2021

    star rating  Just a short drive from the town centre, we were the first to arrive at the observatory, just behind Donna the Astronomer. She herded the cows off the little… read more

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    August 23, 2021
  • star rating  An awesome experience! Donna really knows her stuff and makes it fun and interesting to learn about our sout

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    July 7, 2021

    star rating  What a great night we had at Milroy Observatory with Donna. Looking through the telescope at stars and the Moon, on a lovely clear, cold night. Donna is absolutely amazing,… read more

    694debbied
    May 20, 2021

    star rating  Great experience, Donna was very knowledgeable about the night sky. We really enjoyed her flexible delivery. We had 2 highlights, a shooting star and the image of Saturn was amazing .

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    August 3, 2021