Melbourne Star sparkles in Rotary Colours

        

The lights of Melbourne sparkled and glowed in a rainbow of brilliant colours as the Melbourne Star slowly turned 120 metres above the ground. Rotarians, family and friends gazed from their pods at the sights below, as the wheel, decked out for the occasion in Rotary blue and yellow traversed the sky.

Organised by the Rotary Club of Albert Park to celebrate the centenary of The Rotary Foundation, the wheel was dedicated as a Rotary event for April 22nd, 2018. The night was calm and clear allowing unparalleled 360 degree views of the city and suburbs for kilometres.

The curtain raiser for the evening was a 40 minute talk by astrophysicist Dr Rachel Livermore on “How big is the Universe”? A broad subject to say the least but starting with the ancient Greeks, through Copernicus, Kepler and others, and ending with descriptions of cutting edge radio astronomy. There are billions of galaxies out there and surely there must be “life” other than ours lurking as yet unfound? https:// vimeo.com/111857562

It was an amazingly informative and humorous presentation pitched at a level that even your correspondent could understand with relish.

District Governor Peter Frueh filled a pod with family.

Each pod held 20 people and the Rotary Club of Albert Park donated $400 per pod to Foundation in that club’s name, a magnificent effort.

The lights of Melbourne sparkled and glowed in a rainbow of brilliant colours as the Melbourne Star slowly turned 120 metres above the ground. Rotarians, family and friends gazed from their pods at the sights below, as the wheel, decked out for the occasion in Rotary blue and yellow traversed the sky.

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