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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.

The Astronomical Society of Victoria would like to say that In the spirit of reconciliation weย acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respect to their Elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today.

 

 ๐“๐ก๐ž ๐๐ซ๐ž๐ฌ๐ข๐๐ž๐ง๐ญ ๐‡๐š๐ฌ ๐†๐จ๐ง๐ž ๐‚๐จ๐ฆ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ž๐ญ๐ž๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐Œ๐š๐ ๐‘๐š๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐ฅ๐ž!

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$5 Per Ticket - buy it now!!

Buy a ticket to our “President Has Gone Completely Mad Raffle”
and go into the draw for your chance to win one of
two Skywatcher Star Adventurers supplied by Sky-Watcher Australia with a
Skywatcher tripod for each Star Adventurer supplied by Sidereal Trading Pty Ltd!!!

Prize Kit comes with the following:

Sky-Watcher Star Adventurer 2i Package

Some sort of Tri-Pod (waiting on Sidereal Trading P/L)

Raffle Value $1676. The prize includes fully insured courier delivery.

Funds raised will go towards the ASV (Remote Observatory Project)

The raffle is open to Australian residents only.

The raffle will be drawn at the ASV 100th Year Anniversary AstroTalk on 5th July 2022 at approx. 9:30pm.

The winner will be notified by email.

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ASV Monthly Meeting

 

๐——๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ธ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜€ ๐—ฉ๐—ถ๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ฏ๐—น๐—ฒ ๐——๐—ผ๐˜„๐—ป ๐—จ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ - ๐—›๐—ผ๐˜„ ๐—”๐˜‚๐˜€๐˜๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—น๐—ถ๐—ฎ ๐—œ๐˜€ ๐—ฃ๐—น๐—ฎ๐˜†๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—” ๐—Ÿ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ฅ๐—ผ๐—น๐—ฒ ๐—œ๐—ป ๐—จ๐—ป๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐——๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ธ ๐— ๐—ฎ๐˜๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ

Decades of research have led astronomers to a staggering conclusion, that there exists a new, invisible type of mass that outweighs everything we can see five times over. Prof Alan Duffy will explain how we know so much about the properties of a particle we have yet to discover, and how Australia is playing a leading role in uncovering the nature of this mysterious dark matter with SABRE, the world’s first dark matter detector at Victoria’s Stawell gold mine.

Tickets are FREE but LIMITED, book now!  Ticket Bookings

When: Wed, 8 Jun, 8:00 pm

Location: Mueller Hall, Birdswood Avenue, Melbourne (Royal Botanic Gardens)  or online via Facebook or YouTube

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Gift Certificate

Looking for that unique present to buy a loved one or friend?  Well, look no further.... share the universe with a gift a one-year membership to the Astronomical Society of Victoria. Contact us via email
Gift Certificate

 

   

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Crux Magazine

The latest edition of Crux is now available for downloading by Members.

Crux Extra!

Crux Extra comes out weekly with articles on Astronomy and related areas.


Visit the Members Area and go to Downloads.

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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.

Sun 29 May

Solar Section meeting - Zoom only

2.00pm - 4.00pm

Location: To be confirmed

Topic - โ€œRecent news from solar researchโ€ and solar observation in H-alpha if weather permits.
For more information contact: Russ Cockman, Section Director
Email: solar@asv.org.au

Sun 29 May

ASV Library (Members Only)

2.00pm - 4.00pm

Location: Birdwood Ave., Melbourne

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 Astronomersโ€™ 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 Libraryโ€™s needs, for sale. The sale is on-going whenever the Library is open.

For further information contact Barry Cleland, 0418 356 832

Tue 31 May

ASV Committee Meeting

8.00pm - 9.15pm

Wed 1 June

Cosmology and Astro-Physics Section Meeting (Zoom)

8.00pm - 10.30pm

Discuss current news in Cosmology and Astro-Physics


The Main Topic for discussion is:  
โ€œSagittarius A* โ€“ The Black Hole in the centre of the Milky Wayโ€
 
Location: Zoom Only
โ€œAll Welcome โ€“ Bring an Open Mindโ€
Note: ASV members only

Contact: Ross Berner, Section Director
Mobile: 0403 167 004
Email:  cosmology@asv.org.au 

Thu 2 June

Space Exploration Section Meeting

8.00pm - 10.00pm

Location: online Zoom
For more information, contact Section Director: Rob Arrowsmith
Email: space@asv.org.au

Fri 3 June

Club Section

8.00pm - 11.00pm


Club Section is the perfect place to meet other ASV members, share your passion and learn about the basics of astronomy in an informal setting. Ideal for new members and long term members and a great way to meet others. Should skies be clear we will open the Lodge observatory roof and use the 20" (500mm) diameter telescope, in addition to the smaller 10โ€(250mm) diameter Dobsonian telescope to view the heavens.

Meetings are held at the ASV Lodge on the first and last Friday of the month between 8:00pm โ€“ 11:00pm.

You are welcome to drop in for as short or as long a visit as you like, during these hours.


Sat 4 June - Sun 5 June

Lake Tyrell Nightscape Photography Session (Members only)

2.00pm Sat 4-Jun - 5.30am Sun 5-Jun

Location: Royal Hotel Sea Lake, 74 Best St, Sea Lake VIC 3533, Australia

When: Saturday 4 June from 2pm (Experienced & Beginner Walkers - Grade 3)

Where: Meet at 2pm at Royal Hotel, Sea Lake to meet one another and prepare for departure at 4pm

74 Best Street, Sea Lake, VIC, 3533

From here, we will organise carpooling and travel out to Lake Tyrell and other locations together in small groups.

Mon 6 June

Computing Section

8.00pm - 10.00pm

For further information contact Section Director: Leigh Green

Tue 7 June

ASV Committee meeting

8.00pm - 10.00pm

Wed 8 June

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 Astronomersโ€™ 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 Libraryโ€™s needs, for sale. The sale is on-going whenever the Library is open.

For further information contact Barry Cleland, 0418 356 832

Wed 8 June

ASV Monthly Meeting

8.00pm - 10.00pm

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

Speaker: Prof Alan Duffy
Title: โ€œDarkness Visible Down Underโ€ 
Decades of research have led astronomers to a staggering conclusion, that there exists a new, invisible type of mass that outweighs everything we can see five times over. I will explain how we know so much about the properties of a particle we have yet to discover, and how Australia is playing a leading role in uncovering the nature of this mysterious dark matter with SABRE, the worldโ€™s first dark matter detector at Victoriaโ€™s Stawell gold mine.โ€Bio:Astronomer Professor Duffy simulates model universes on supercomputers to understand how galaxies like our Milky Way form within vast clouds of dark matter. He is trying to find this dark matter as the Swinburne Node Leader in the new national ARC Centre of Excellence for Dark Matter Particle Physics and a Chief Investigator of SABRE, the worldโ€™s first dark matter detector in the Southern Hemisphere, to be deployed at the Stawell Underground Physics Laboratory. When not simulating universes he tries to explain the science of this one to the general public in regular segments on ABC and Tenโ€™s The Project as the Lead Scientist of the Royal Institution of Australia. Most recently has been appointed the inaugural Director of the Space Technology and Industry Institute at Swinburne, finding ways to use space to help companies and communities here on Earth.


Join us at Mueller Hall, Birdwood Ave, Melbourne or online via Facebook or YouTube as we delve deep into this topic 

Fri 10 June

Junior Section

7.30pm - 9.30pm

Location: ASV Lodge

Meeting times:-
7:00pm - 9:00pm (EST)
7:30pm - 9:30pm (DST)

For further information contact Section Director: Chris Rudge

Wed 15 June

New Astronomers Group (NAG)

7.30pm - 10.30pm

Topic:

Location: ASV Lodge
For more information, contact Section Director: Ken Le Marquand: 
E:nag@asv.org.au

Thu 16 June

Bendigo Section

7.30pm - 10.00pm

Bendigo District Astronomical Section (BDAS)
For more information, contact Section Director, Noel Harvie E: bendigo@asv.org.au

More events: Calendar