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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.

 

MESSIER STAR PARTY IS ON 4TH MARCH. DON’T MISS IT!

If you want to spend an afternoon and evening under the stars with 300 like minded people, then this event is for you. It’s open to members and the public alike, features big ‘scopes and plenty of them, sky full of stars, splashy clusters, mysterious nebulae and gobsmacking galaxies for all to enjoy. And if you’ve never seen the amazing galactic ‘Emu’ in the sky with your own eyes before, this is the time to do it! There’s also free wine tasting from the local Heathcote vignerons, food supplied by the Lions Club, fantastic door prizes, a fun trivia session, world famous ‘Sky for the Night’ presentation, over 50 of the biggest telescopes for everyone to look through, FREE coffee, tea, hot chocolate and bikkies, plus one of the friendliest bunches of people you’ll ever meet. The fun starts from noon on Saturday 4th March, and ends when you’ve had enough! Get there early so you don’t miss anything. One caveat – non members MUST book to attend by e-mailing perry@asv.org.au with the number and names of those in your party. More info on the event can be found by clicking here

Crux Online

The PDF version of Crux Feb-Mar 2017 is now available for downloading by members.

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 Australian Night Sky - February 2017

The February edition of Wayne Roberts' Australian Night Sky is now available at http://asv.org.au/night-sky. This months feature is on the Asteroid Vesta.

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 22 February

Council

7.45pm - 10.15pm

ASV Council meeting
Location: ASV Lodge

Fri 24 February

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.

Sat 25 February - Sun 26 February

Deep Sky Section meeting

6.00pm Sat 25-Feb - 8.00am Sun 26-Feb

Location: LMDSS

For further information, contact Section Director: Paul Gardiner

Sat 25 February - Sun 26 February

Dark Sky Night (Members night)

6.00pm Sat 25-Feb - 8.00am Sun 26-Feb

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

Sun 26 February

Historical Section meeting

1.00pm - 4.00pm

Location: ASV Lodge

For further information, contact Section Director: Rod Brown

Sun 26 February

Solar Section meeting

2.00pm - 4.00pm

Location: Observatory Gate, Birdwood Ave, Melbourne

Location: GMT House
For more information contact: Russ Cockman, Section Director

Sun 26 February

ASV Library (Members Only)

2.00pm - 4.00pm

Location: Observatory Gate, Birdwood Ave., Melbourne

The Library is open at the following times:
+ Monthly Meeting - before 6.00 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 1 March

Cosmology and Astro-Physics Section Meeting

8.00pm - 10.30pm

Discuss current news in Cosmology and Astro-Physics
Topic:“Finding Exoplanets” (this is a video presentation.)

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

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

Fri 3 March

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.

Sat 4 March - Sun 5 March

Messier Star Party

1.00pm Sat 4-Mar - 11.00am Sun 5-Mar

The 2017 Messier Star Party will be held at LMDSS. There will be solar observing, wine tasting, Astro Trivia and Sky for the Night.

More information will be provided closer to the date.

If arriving before, or leaving after star party times please obtain the gate and clubhouse codes.

Mon 6 March

Computing Section

8.00pm - 10.00pm

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

Wed 8 March

Library (Members Only)

6.30pm - 7.45pm

Location: Observatory Gate, Birdswood 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 8 March

ASV Monthly meeting

8.00pm - 10.00pm

Location: Mueller Auditorium, National Herbarium, Birdwood Ave., Melbourne

Topic: An update on the LIGO experiments
Speaker: Colm Talbot, Monash University
Synopsis: The first detections of gravitational waves, in each case the result of two black holes merging, by the Advanced Laser Interferometric Gravitational Wave Observatory (aLIGO) in its first observing run marked an important step in the journey towards the era of gravitational wave astronomy. I will describe the confirmed detections and some of the experimental, theoretical, computational challenges which had to be overcome in order to achieve this. I will also discuss the ongoing searches for other sources of gravitational radiation.

CV: An Irishman by birth, I moved to Melbourne in September 2016 to join the Monash Centre for Astrophysics as a PhD student after earning a B.A. in Astrophysics and Master of Mathematics from the University of Cambridge. My research interests are in using data from gravitational wave detections to provide new insights about the universe. When not doing science I can be found singing anywhere from Cathedrals to street corners.

All are welcome. There is no cost and supper is provided. Looking forward to seeing you there.

Fri 10 March

Junior Section

7.00pm - 9.00pm

Location: ASV Lodge

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

For further information contact Section Director: Chris Rudge

More events: Calendar