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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.

 

STAR-BE-CUE IS ALL BOOKED OUT FOR NON MEMBERS & PUBLIC!

The ASV's annual Star-Be-Cue on Sat 16th December IS NOW TOTALLY BOOKED OUT FOR NON MEMBERS AND THE PUBLIC and we cannot eccept any more bookings. Members can still attend however, and they do not have to make a booking. Located about a 90 minute drive north of the Melbourne CBD, it will be an afternoon of solar observing, talks, site tours, wine tasting, BBQ from Lions Club and a door prize of an 8-inch telescope. The evening will see a tour of the Universe by an expert, and observing through some 50 telescopes including the huge ASV 25-inch Obsession. Clear skies and see you there.

Change of Gate Code

The LMDSS access code will be changed Sunday afternoon, so members wishing to stay after the Christmas Star-Be-Cue will need the new codes to exit the site.

Interstellar Asteroid Oumaumau

On October 19 the Pan-STARRS-1 telescope in Hawaii picked up a faint object. Over a few days the orbit was calculated and was discovered to be an Interstellar visitor.

Read the article on the ESO website.

Crux for December-January Online

The December-January Crux is now available in PDF for downloading.

The Australian Night Sky - December 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_Dec_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.

Fri 15 December

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 15 December

Members' Night

8.00pm - 11.00pm

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

Contact: Rod Brown

Sat 16 December - Sun 17 December

Christmas Star-Be-Cue

12.00pm Sat 16-Dec - 11.00am Sun 17-Dec

Christmas Star-Be-Cue
Location: LMDSS

Please see the latest CRUX for more informatioon.
If arriving before, or leaving after star party times, please obtain gate/clubhouse codes.

Tue 19 December

The Diurnals

10.30am - 12.15pm

Location:

Speaker: Dr John O'Connor, U3A
Topic: A Cosmic Afterlife?
A Christmas Feast will be held after - please bring a plate to share
Location: ASV Lodge
For further information contact Section Director: Patricia Larkin

Sat 23 December - Sun 24 December

Dark Sky Night

6.00pm Sat 23-Dec - 8.00am Sun 24-Dec

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

Mon 25 December

Christmas Day

Tue 26 December

Boxing Day

Wed 27 December

Council

7.45pm - 10.15pm

ASV Council meeting
Location: ASV Lodge

Sun 31 December

New Years Eve

Sun 31 December

Historical Section meeting

1.00pm - 4.00pm

Location: ASV Lodge

For further information, contact Section Director: Rod Brown

Wed 3 January

Cosmology and Astro-Physics Section Meeting

6.30pm - 9.30pm

Location: Wheelers Hill Hotel, Ferntree Gully Rd & Jells Rd, Wheelers Hill VIC 3150, Australia

Social Evening (Members Only)
Venue: Bistro, Wheelers Hill Hotel, Ferntree Gully Rd, Wheelers Hill


Please book with Ross Berner, by Sunday 31st December 2017
Mobile: 0403 167 004
Email: cosmology@asv.org.au


Sat 6 January

Library

6.30pm - 7.45pm

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

Sat 6 January

ASV Monthly Meeting

8.00pm - 10.00pm

Location: Mueller Hall, Lightwood Ave, Melbourne

Topic: Pluto, Ceres and the Exoplanets of other Solar Systems - New Insights into their Origins.
Speaker: Dr Andrew Prentice, Emeritus, School of Physics and Astronomy, Monash University.


Everybody is welcome and the night will end with a delicious supper and it is FREE
Looking forward to seeing you there.

Wed 10 January

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

More events: Calendar