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 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
    April 5, 2021

    star rating  Apart from being Australia’s most accomplished female astronomer Donna is a downright legend. Extremely knowledgable and pure love of outer space. Would recommend to

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    November 30, 2021

    star rating  Being able to view the stars and 2 planets – Saturn and Venus with your telescope.
    The presenters were professional, knowledgeable and very passionate about sharing their knowledge with the… read more

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    July 5, 2021
  • star rating  We took part in Donna’s NYE stargazing show and this was the best way to cheer good bye to 2021. Thank you, Donna and your team!
    Donna is knowledgeable,… read more

    avatar thumb Solene I
    January 3, 2022

    star rating  An absolute must if you’re in the area and the skies are clear. Donna’s team are incredibly knowledgeable and were open to any and all questions we had. A… read more

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    January 30, 2022

    star rating  Donna was an excellent host, she was engaging with children and adults alike. A most enjoyable evening and highly recommended.

    Wayne U
    April 23, 2021