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.
The whole experience was fantastic and I can’t recommend it enough. Donna is so knowledgeable and passionate about astronomy and we all got lots of time looking in the… read more
Donna is a larger than life character with a passion for astronomy. She made the session fun and interesting as well as educational – for all ages.
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 was an excellent host, she was engaging with children and adults alike. A most enjoyable evening and highly recommended.
Donna was awesome full of knowledge about astronomy. It was an experience that us and kids will never forget. We went for 930pm show with kids as 630 show was… read more
Donna the Astronomer is fantastic. We did a Sidings Spring tour with her then Milroy Observatory that evening. She was knowledgable, put u at ease, helpful and confident. I strongly… read more