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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.

 

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. 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.

Mon 3 August

Computing Section

8.00pm - 10.00pm

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

Fri 7 August - Sun 16 August

Queensland Astrofest 2015

Location: Lions Camp Duckadang, QLD

For further information and booking refer to the Astrofest website http://www.qldastrofest.org.au/

Fri 7 August

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 8 August - Sun 9 August

LMDSS Field Trip (Members only)

6.00pm Sat 8-Aug - 4.00am Sun 9-Aug

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

Wed 12 August

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 12 August

ASV Monthly meeting

8.00pm - 10.00pm

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

Topic: How do Planets Form?
Speaker: Daniel Price, Monash University

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

Fri 14 August

Swinburne Technology lecture - State of the Universe V: The Spectrum Strikes Back

6.30pm - 7.30pm

Location: Swinburne University, Hawthorn Campus, Room ATC101

State of the Universe V: The Spectrum Strikes Back

Celebrate the International Year of Light and National Science Week 2015 with Assoc. Prof. Chris Fluke (Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing, Swinburne University
), as he hosts his fifth annual review of the State of the Universe. This year, the focus is on the visual Universe.

No supercomputers. No radiotelescopes. Just good old fashioned astronomy with pictures for looking at. Taken from spacecraft. Which needed radiotelescopes to collect the images on Earth. And computers to process them.
Umm... Did we say there'd be lollies?

Click here to register https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1hG7Gvi7X2DeW_-nUDQMr1BTl5i1gOs36IHGmEAC_Phk/viewform

Map: http://www.swinburne.edu.au/media/swinburneeduau/about-swinburne/docs/pdfs/hawthorn-map.pdf

Fri 14 August

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 14 August

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 14 August

Members' Night

8.00pm - 10.30pm

Location: GMT House, Birdwood Ave., South Yarra

Members' Night

Sat 15 August

New Moon

Sat 15 August

Instrument Making Section

2.00pm - 5.00pm

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

Sat 15 August - Sun 16 August

LMDSS Field Trip (Members only)

6.00pm Sat 15-Aug - 6.00am Sun 16-Aug

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

Sat 15 August - Sun 16 August

Deep Sky Section meeting

6.00pm Sat 15-Aug - 6.00am Sun 16-Aug

Deep Sky Section meeting
Location: LMDSS
Remember to obtain the gate/clubroom codes from the ASV website

For more information, contact Section Director: Eddie van den Berg

More events: Calendar