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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.

 

2015 ANNUAL MESSIER STAR PARTY: SAT 14TH MARCH

Have you always wanted to see stars, constellations and planets in their natural habitat with your own eyes? And then explore further into clusters, nebulae and galaxies by looking through some of the largest telescopes in Victoria? Then this event is for you, as the ASV invites members and non members alike, to this fantastic day and night at its Leon Mow Dark Sky Site in rural Victoria with an added emphasis on the objects discovered by French comet hunter Charles Messier

For more information on what will happen through the day and night and what to bring see the Star Party Flyer.
Please note that NON MEMBERS MUST MAKE A BOOKING by sending an e-mail to: perryv@optusnet.com.au

 

VASTROC 2015 - April 17th - 19th 2015

The 2015 Victorian Astronomical Convention (VASTROC) will be hosted by Bendigo District Astronomical Society.

The venue will be at Discovery Science & Technology Centre, 7 Railway Place, Bendigo.

Note there is a choice of registration options available.

Visit http://vastroc.net/  for further information or download the updated flyer.

Join the Conversation

At the ASV we are excited about astronomy and we know you are too. So why not follow us online and join the conversation with your fellow members?

Get the latest astronomy news, images, videos, events and build your professional network with social media. You can connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google+LinkedIn, our own internal forums and our many section Yahoo groups.

So get the most from your membership and connect today!

Great Melbourne Telescope Restoration Project

The restoration of the Great Melbourne Telescope is a key project for the Society. Issue 10 of the Phoenix newsletter is now available for download on the dedicated GMT page. This edition includes an article on the the 150th Anniversary of Melbourne Observatory.

Events RSS Feed  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.

Sun 8 March

Astrophotography Section Meeting

2.30pm - 4.30pm

Astrophotography Section Meeting
Location: ASV Lodge
For more information, contact Section Director: Phil Hart
Topic: Wide field night scapes with a DSLR
Presenter: Phil Hart
Synopsis: The session will provide technical and artistic insights to capture
wonderful nightscapes with just a DSLR and a tripod.

Wed 11 March

Library (Members Only)

7.00pm - 7.45pm

Location: Observatory Gate, Birdswood Ave, Melbourne

ASV Library (Members Only)
The Library is open at the following times:
+ Monthly Meeting - before 6.00 to 7.45pm (Note: the Library will not be open after this month's meeting)
+ 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 March

ASV Monthly meeting

8.00pm - 10.00pm

Location: Monash University, Clayton Campus, Lecture Theatre S3

Topic: Stars: Our wireless connection to the Universe
Speaker: Dr Simon Campbell, Senior Lecturer at Monash University

Abstract: It turns out that the light from those twinkling stars is full of information about the Universe. In fact starlight is the main reason we know what we know about much of the Universe. Some stars are so bright that they can be seen from enormous distances. This is very useful since it means we have a 'wireless' connection that enables us to gather information from across the Universe without leaving our home planet!

In this talk, I will explain how we decipher the information contained in the starlight using telescopes and other instruments, and give some examples of what we have learned about the Universe so far. I will also discuss what we know about the life-cycles of the stars themselves - from small stars like the Sun to massive stars that end their lives in violent supernova explosions. Finally, I will show some of my own research involving state of the art 3D supercomputer simulations of stars.

All are welcome. Looking forward to seeing you there.

Fri 13 March

Library (Members' only)

7.00pm - 7.45pm

Location: Birdwood Ave, Melbourne VIC 3004, Australia

ASV Library (Members Only)
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

Fri 13 March

Junior Section

7.30pm - 10.30pm

Junior Section meeting
For further information contact Section Director: Chris Rudge
7:00pm - 9:00pm (EST)
7:30pm - 9:30pm (DST)
Location: ASV Lodge

Fri 13 March

Members' Night

8.00pm - 10.30pm

Members' Night
Location: GMT House

Sat 14 March - Sun 15 March

2015 Messier Star Party

12.00pm Sat 14-Mar - 11.00am Sun 15-Mar

2015 Messier Star Party

Have you always wanted to see stars, constellations and planets in their natural habitat with your own eyes? And then explore further into clusters, nebulae and galaxies by looking through some of the largest telescopes in Victoria? Then this event is for you, as the ASV invites members and non members alike, to this fantastic day and night at its Leon Mow Dark Sky Site in rural Victoria with an added emphasis on the objects discovered by French comet hunter Charles Messier.

Please note that NON MEMBERS MUST MAKE A BOOKING by sending an e-mail to perryv@optusnet.com.au

Entry: $5 for members, $10 for non-members and children under 15 are free

The Lions Club Trailer will provide burgers, etc between 3:30 - 6:30pm

Free coffee, tea or hot chocolate and biscuits during the night

Location: LMDSS

For more information see the flyer in the latest edition of CRUX

Mon 16 March

Radio Astronomy

8.00pm - 11.00pm

Radio Astronomy Section meeting
Location: ASV Lodge
For further information contact Section Director: Clint Jeffrey

Tue 17 March

The Diurnals

10.30am - 12.15pm

Location:

Speaker: Igor Rozenberg, Space Association of Australia
Topic: Russian return to the Moon
Location: ASV Lodge
For further information contact Section Director: Patricia Larkin

Wed 18 March

Cosmology & Astrophysics

8.00pm - 10.30pm

Cosmology & Astrophysics Section meeting
Discussion of current news in Cosmology and Astro-Physics
Topic:
Location: ASV Lodge
“All Welcome – Bring an Open Mind”
Contact: Ross Berner
Phone: 9886 6679 (A/H)
Mobile: 0403 167 004
Email: cosmology@asv.org.au

Thu 19 March - Sat 21 March

IISAC2015 - IceInSpace AstroCamp 2015

Location: Lostock Scout Camp, NSW

For information : http://www.iceinspace.com.au/forum/showthread.php?t=130791

Fri 20 March - Sun 22 March

Snake Valley Astro Camp 2015

For further details contact Malcolm at snakevalleyastrocamps@gmail.com

Fri 20 March

New Moon

Fri 20 March

Lunar and Planetary Section meeting

8.00pm - 10.30pm

Lunar and Planetary Section meeting
Location: ASV Lodge
For more information, contact Section Director: Andrea King

More events: Calendar