The first Australian woman to discover two comets is committed to popularising astronomy, especially among country kids. Sharing her expertise, love and passion of the night skies, contact Donna if you would like to work with her.

Lachlan Shire Australia Day Ambassador 2022

We are incredibly lucky to be joined by Ms Burton who will be delivering her Australia Day Address at the Lachlan Shire Australia Day Ambassador Award Ceremony in Lake Cargelligo and other Australia Day activities across the shire,” Lachlan Shire General Manager Greg Tory stated.

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Meet Star Gazers

Donna Burton has always been in love with the night sky. She has discovered two comets being one of few women to have ever done so. In this episode (Ep.33, 29 December 2021), she shares with us useful information on stargazing and nightscape astrophotography in Warrumbungle National Park.

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Classic Agenda Heros

In 2021, Donna is featured in a beautiful book with many other Classic Heroes. Skip straight to page 106 to see me!

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First Australian Woman to Discover Comet!

In 2007, Australian National University (ANU) astronomer Donna Burton became the first Australian woman to discover a comet, naming it “Siding Spring” after the NSW observatory where she worked.

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Kizzi's Friday Game Changers

Donna appeared on Kizzi’s Friday Game Changers in November 2020 providing a Book of The Week recommendation. Donna recommends you read  Authentic Dynamic  Savvy by Rachel Allen. 

Stars in her eyes - extract from RM Williams OUTBACK magazine - Dec/Jan 2021 edition

Beneath a famously dark, glittering night sky, Donna Burton is leaning into a telescope and sitting as still as the black pines in the bush beyond. Her mind is millions of miles away. Read the extract article here.

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Astropape Programme Online

In October 2020, Donna was invited to participate in the Astropape Programme Online with Marcelo Souza and other guest speakers.

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Featured in Great Australians: 20 Living Legends of the Bush

From Donna: It was a privilege to be included as one of RM Williams Great Australians: 20 Living Legends of the Bush 2019.

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Regional Express Airlines True Blue Magazine Feb-March 2019

The Great Western Plains is famed for its abundance of nature and its clear night skies for stargazing, but its the country hospitality that will have you coming back.

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An Expert’s Guide to Stargazing in the Warrumbungles

Instead of searching the sand for an empty space, feel the magic of our night sky like never before as you discover the joys of stargazing in New England. We chat with Donna Burton about all things astronomy.

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