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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.

 

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.

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. For more details see: http://asv.org.au/news
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.

Sun 29 March

Historical Section Meeting

1.00pm - 4.00pm

Historical Section Meeting
Location: ASV Lodge

For more information, contact Section Director: Rod Brown

Sun 29 March

Solar Section meeting

2.00pm - 4.00pm

Location: Observatory Gate, Birdwood Ave, Melbourne

Solar Section meeting
Topic: "Photographing the Sun, Pt2 - practical demonstrations"
If you can, please bring your equipment along so you can practice on improving your solar photography skills in a relaxed environment. If you can't, the ASV solar scope and my tripod/camera/lens/white light filter set-up will be available.

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

Sun 29 March

ASV Library (Members Only)

2.00pm - 4.00pm

Location: Observatory Gate, Birdwood 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

Sat 4 April

Full Moon

Mon 6 April

Computing Section

8.00pm - 10.00pm

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

Wed 8 April

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 April

ASV Monthly meeting

8.00pm - 10.00pm

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

Topic: A guide to the ASV Yearbook
Presenter: Jim Katsifolis, ASV Yearbook Editor

Summary: The ASV yearbook has a long history and tradition, and is packed full of astronomical data and information. After giving a brief history of the yearbook, I will summarise the sections and explain the more complex areas. The talk will be concluded with some thoughts on the evolution of the yearbook moving forward, with suggestions and feedback from the audience.

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

Fri 10 April

Swinburne's next free public astronomy lecture will be given on Friday 10 April

6.30pm - 7.30pm

Location: Swinburne University, Hawthorn Campus, ATC building, ATC101

Hi
Swinburne's next free public astronomy lecture will be given on Friday 10 April by Karl Glazebrook, Director Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing.
cheers Linda

How the Universe Grew Up
Abstract: The Universe began in the Big Bang now firmly established at 13.7 billion years ago. But then what? How did the hot expanding hydrogen of the early Universe turn in to the magnificent tapestry of the Universe we see around us? In this lecture I will tell the story of the galaxies, the building blocks of our Universe and how modern observations from large telescopes on the ground and in space have literally let us see how the galaxies have grown up from small wisps to the beautiful structures in which we live today, and revealed their ultimate future.

Presenter: Prof. Karl Glazebrook, Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing, Swinburne University
Date: Friday 10 April
Time: 6.30pm - 7.30pm
Venue: Swinburne University, Hawthorn Campus, ATC building, ATC101
Map: [www.swinburne.edu.au]

Note; You do need to register: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1-ZiVH6cO-swswYXDUCH5ElZNwTvCL0-TMn0HuNzF9DA/viewform

Fri 10 April

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 April

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 10 April

Members' Night

8.00pm - 10.30pm

Members' Night
Location: GMT House

Sat 11 April - Sun 12 April

LMDSS Field Trip (Members' only)

4.00pm Sat 11-Apr - 6.00am Sun 12-Apr

LMDSS Field Trip (Members' only)
Location: LMDSS

Remember to log on to the ASV website to obtain the gate/clubroom codes

Wed 15 April

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

Fri 17 April - Sun 19 April

VASTROC 2015

9.00am Fri 17-Apr - 3.30pm Sun 19-Apr

Location: Discovery Science & Technology Centre, 7 Railway Place, Bendigo VIC, Australia

VASTROC 2015
The 2015 Victorian Astronomical Conference will be hosted by Bendigo District Astronomical Society. 17-19 April, 2015.
The venue will be at Discovery Science & Technology Centre, 7 Railway Place, Bendigo.
Our Keynote Speaker will be Ken Harrison, on the subject of “Astronomical Spectroscopy - made easy.”

For more information: http://www.vastroc.net/

More events: Calendar