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  We had a perfect night for viewing the sky. Donna knows everything about stars and all matters related.
    Looking through the telescopes with the help of her two competent and… read more

    JulieEHare
    4/14/2021

    star rating  Excellent evening, Donna and Toren were entertaining and showed lots of interesting stars and constellations. Donna communicated really well beforehand as the weather was a bit dubious, luckily it cleared.… read more

    Alexandra D
    4/08/2021

    star rating  Absolutely loved our time wth Donna. She’s knowledgeable, witty and very personable. Even the thirteen year old thought it was great!

    Hettybettyoz
    4/13/2021
  • star rating  The night sky was spectacular & Donna was really quite fantastic – her enthusiasm is infectious and you can ‘t help feeling stars are the most important thing in the… read more

    annegraham26
    4/20/2021

    star rating  Donna was passionate and informative and with a small group, we had plenty of turns on the telescope. The location of the Observatory was terrific and the night sky was… read more

    559kirstyd
    4/05/2021

    star rating  Very knowledgeable guides, will be back. Would have enjoyed seeing the large telescope in action but currently getting fixed

    Demi9055
    4/05/2021