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

    Demi9055
    April 5, 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  If you take part during winter dress warmly from the ground up! It is an excellent night, whether Donna or any of her associates hosts the night. It was… read more

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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  Donna’s passion about stars is unmatchable. Enjoyed the whole show and star spotting. The team was really engaging, passionate and knowledgable

    908meenakshid
    April 6, 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
    April 8, 2021