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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.

 

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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.

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.

What's happened to NAG?

The New Astronomer's Group (NAG) has been on hold for some time now. The job of ASV President (3rd year) has been a very busy one. Once Family and Work commitments are layered on top it reached a point where there was not enough spare time to also run the group. Section Meetings will start  again in July. More details
Ken  Le Marquand, NAG Section Director

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.

Thu 2 July

Full Moon

Fri 3 July

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 5 July

ASV Astrophotography Section Meeting

2.30pm - 4.30pm

Astrophotography Section meeting
Location : ASV Lodge
Topic: Fundamental of image acquisition and processing
Synopsis: Why image calibration is necessary; calibration data types, when and how to collect them; stacking using Deep Sky Stacker and maybe introduce other software options to do this.

For more information, contact Section Director: Nick Jones

Mon 6 July

Computing Section

8.00pm - 10.00pm

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

Wed 8 July

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 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 July

ASV Monthly meeting

8.00pm - 10.00pm

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

Topic: "Are Uranus & Neptune Responsible for Solar Grand Minima and Solar Cycle Modulation?"
Speaker: Geoff Sharp
ABSTRACT
Detailed solar Angular Momentum (AM) graphs produced from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) DE405 ephemeris display cyclic perturbations that show a very strong correlation with prior solar activity slowdowns. These same AM perturbations also occur simultaneously with known solar path changes about the Solar System Barycentre (SSB). The AM perturbations can be measured and quantified allowing analysis of past solar cycle modulations along with the 11,500 year solar proxy records (14C & 10Be). The detailed AM information also displays a recurring wave of modulation that aligns very closely with the observed sunspot record since 1650. The AM perturbation and modulation is a direct product of the outer gas giants (Uranus & Neptune). This information gives the opportunity to predict future grand minima along with normal solar cycle strength with some confidence. A proposed mechanical link between solar activity and planetary influence via a discrepancy found in solar/planet AM along with current AM perturbations indicate solar cycle 24 & 25 will be heavily reduced in sunspot activity resembling a similar pattern to solar cycles 5 & 6 during the Dalton Minimum (1790-1830).

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

Fri 10 July

Junior Section

7.00pm - 9.00pm

Junior Section meeting
Location: ASV Lodge

For further information contact Section Director: Chris Rudge
7:00pm - 9:00pm (EST)
7:30pm - 9:30pm (DST)

Fri 10 July

ASV Library (Members Only)

7.00pm - 7.50pm

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 10 July

Members' Night

8.00pm - 10.30pm

Location: GMT House, Birdwood Ave., South Yarra

Members' Night

Sat 11 July - Sun 12 July

LMDSS Field Trip (MemberS only)

6.00pm Sat 11-Jul - 6.00am Sun 12-Jul

LMDSS Field Trip (Members only)
Location: LMDSS
Remember to obtain the gate/clubroom codes from the ASV website

Wed 15 July

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 16 July

New Moon

Fri 17 July

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

Sat 18 July

Instrument Making Section

2.00pm - 5.00pm

Instrument Making Section meeting
Location: ASV Lodge
For further information contact Section Director: Mark Justice

More events: Calendar