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Welcome to the Astronomical Society of Victoria

The Society is based in Melbourne, Australia and includes city and country members, as well some in other states and overseas. It attracts people with a wide range of astronomical interests, ages, abilities and experience. Originally founded in 1922, it is the largest such organisation in the southern hemisphere.

Membership is open to all with an interest in astronomy.

 

Crux for August-September Online

The August-September edition of Crux is now available in PDF for downloading.

Please also obtain a copy of the LMDSS 2017 Survey, fill it out and send it back as per details on the sheet.

The Australian Night Sky - September 2017

The Australian Night Sky, written by Wayne Roberts is now available at http://asv.org.au/night-sky.

A downloadable PDF version is at http://asv.org.au/nightsky/ANS_Sep_2017.pdf.

ASV Items For Sale

A section in the ASV Forum has been created for members wanting to buy or sell Astronomical Items.

Please log in to the Members Only section and visit the Forum or click on the 'Chat' icon.

The Great Melbourne Telescope Restoration Project

Here's a link to a story by Liz Clarkson with a number of images of ASV members hard at work in restoring the Great Melbourne Telescope. It gives a little bit of history and outlines the aims and current status of the project to bring this telescope back to Melbourne Observatory, in a working condition for members of the public to look through. It was once the largest steerable telescope in the world back in the late 1880s.

Events iCal

The ASV runs a large number of events to cater for a broad range of astronomy related interests. Check the website on a regular basis for the latest updates. The next 14 events are listed below - view the calendar page for a full listing of planned events.

Wed 27 September

Council

7.45pm - 10.15pm

ASV Council meeting
Location: ASV Lodge

Fri 29 September

Australia Day public holiday

Fri 29 September

Club Section

8.00pm - 11.00pm

Club Section meetings are informal and take place on the first and last Friday of the month (public holidays excepted) between 8:00 – 11:00pm at the ASV Lodge.
Come along for a chat, all members welcome.

Sun 1 October

Daylight Savings starts today

1.59am - 3.30am

Mon 2 October

Computing Section

8.00pm - 10.00pm

For further information contact Section Director: Craig Boyd
Location: ASV Lodge

Wed 4 October

Cosmology and Astro-Physics Section Meeting

8.00pm - 10.30pm

Discuss current news in Cosmology and Astro-Physics
Topic: “Boyajin's Star - The Strangest Star in our Galaxy”

Location: ASV Lodge
“All Welcome – Bring an Open Mind”

Contact: Ross Berner
Mobile: 0403 167 004
Email: cosmology@asv.net.au

Fri 6 October

Club Section

8.00pm - 11.00pm

Club Section meetings are informal and take place on the first and last Friday of the month (public holidays excepted) between 8:00 – 11:00pm at the ASV Lodge.
Come along for a chat, all members welcome.

Sun 8 October

Astrophotography Section meeting

2.30pm - 4.30pm

Topic: Planetary Imaging
Presenters: Mark Justice
Location: ASV Lodge
For more information, contact Section Director: Paul Litchen

Wed 11 October

Library (Members Only)

6.30pm - 7.45pm

Location: Birdwood Ave, Melbourne

The Library is open at the following times:
+ Monthly Meeting - before 6.30 to 7.45pm and after from approx. 10:00 to 10:45pm
+ Members' Night - from 7pm to 7:50pm
+ Last Sunday of month - 2pm to 4pm

The Library is now in the old Government Astronomers’ Office which is in the north west corner of the main building at Melbourne Observatory.

There are currently a large number of books and magazines, surplus to the Library’s needs, for sale. The sale is on-going whenever the Library is open.

For further information contact Barry Cleland

Wed 11 October

ASV Monthly meeting

8.00pm - 10.00pm

Location: S4 Lecture Theatre, 16 Rainforest Walk, Monash University Clayton Campus, Wellington Rd, Clayton

Topic: Binary Stars and Magnetic White Dwarfs
Speaker: Professor Chris Tout, Institute of Astronomy, Cambridge University
Location: S4, 16 Rainforest Walk, Monash University (map: http://www.monash.edu/__data/assets/pdf_file/0010/71686/3-Claytoncolour.pdf?_ga=2.35317729.1581093242.1503893023-496201712.1473638840 )

Everybody is welcome and look forward to seeing you there.

Abstract: Around half the stars known to us have a companion and about half of these
are close enough to interact. Orbiting bodies raise tides on one another.
The closer the bodies the stronger the tides. Energy is released as tides
are raised and lowered and this leads to circularisation of the orbit and
synchronization and alignment of their spins. In the extreme case tides
become so strong that the surface of a star is more attracted to its
companion than itself and matter flows from one star to the other. Even
before this such mass transfer can take place if a star's wind is captured
by its companion. There exists a veritable zoo of interacting binary stars
but the most spectacular are those in which the accreting star is a
degenerate compact object, a white dwarf, neutron star or black hole.
In this talk we shall explore this zoo of exotic stars from the archetypical
Algol, through cataclysmic variables, X-ray binaries and millisecond
pulsars. We'll look at how they form and what may become of them including
the enigmatic type Ia supernovae which, as the brightest phenomena in normal
galaxies, have been used to measure the distant Universe.

Fri 13 October

Library

7.00pm - 7.50pm

The Library is open at the following times:
+ Monthly Meeting - before 6.30 to 7.45pm and after from approx. 10:00 to 10:45pm
+ Members' Night - from 7pm to 7:50pm
+ Last Sunday of month - 2pm to 4pm

The Library is now in the old Government Astronomers’ Office which is in the north west corner of the main building at Melbourne Observatory.

There are currently a large number of books and magazines, surplus to the Library’s needs, for sale. The sale is on-going whenever the Library is open.

For further information contact Barry Cleland

Fri 13 October

Junior Section

7.30pm - 9.30pm

Location: ASV Lodge

Meeting times:-
7:00pm - 9:00pm (EST)
7:30pm - 9:30pm (DST)

For further information contact Section Director: Chris Rudge

Fri 13 October

Members' Night

8.00pm - 11.00pm

Location: ASV Library, Observatory Gate, Birdwood Ave., Melbourne

Contact: Rod Brown

Sat 14 October - Sun 15 October

Dark Sky Night

6.00pm Sat 14-Oct - 8.00am Sun 15-Oct

Location: LMDSS
Please note that Dark Sky Nights are not an organized event and the criteria for these nights are as follows:-
- is a Saturday night
- has at least two hours dark sky, (that is after Sunset and when twilight ends, and also prior to Sunrise and before twilight starts)
- dark sky is calculated from the times of Astronomical Twilight
- dark sky must start before midnight (or before 0100 Sunday during Australian Eastern Daylight Time

Remember to obtain the gate/clubhouse codes from the ASV webpage

More events: Calendar