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.
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.
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
Donna was an excellent host, she was engaging with children and adults alike. A most enjoyable evening and highly recommended.
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
Great evening. Donna is very knowledgeable and engaging. Everyone gets several looks through the telescope and questions are encouraged. Highly recommended.
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
Donna has a wealth of knowledge and it was a privilege to hear her talk. We went during a half moon night which hid most of the galaxies and stars.… read more