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

    Wayne U
    April 23, 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
    April 20, 2021

    star rating  The small group was good. Don’t know what we expected but we’re very happy with what we received. Truly appreciated the open minded big picture perspective of the falls that… read more

    avatar thumb Penny M
    October 26, 2021
  • star rating  Fantastic hands on experience – great for all knowledge levels. Awesome viewing of stars and planets with some really interesting facts. Kids and adults alike all en

    avatar thumb Serena S
    July 12, 2021

    star rating  I am traveling with two kids who came armed with a million questions. All questions were encouraged and answered with such enthusiasm. The kids are still talking about everything the

    avatar thumb Sarah M
    October 22, 2021

    star rating  Donna is an extraordinarily knowledgeable guide. Donna can teach you everything you need to know about research in astronomy, the Milroy and the Siding Springs observatories. A delightful person who… read more

    avatar thumb Jane R
    November 8, 2021