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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.

 

Lunar Eclipse

Lunar Eclipse

 
The ASV will be viewing the lunar eclipse (Blood Moon). So, come on down and join us.
If you can’t make it we will be live streaming the event from Caulfield Racecourse Reserve.
Blood Moon is not a scientific term, though in recent times it is being widely used to refer to a total lunar eclipse because a fully eclipsed Moon often takes on a reddish colour.

A total lunar eclipse happens when the Moon travels through the Earth's umbra and blocks all direct sunlight from illuminating the Moon's surface.

However, some sunlight still reaches the lunar surface indirectly, via the Earth's atmosphere, bathing the Moon in a reddish, yellow, or orange glow.
When: 26th May from 7:30 - 10:30pm
Where: Caulfield Racecourse Reserve
Cost: Free

 

Covid Safe Event - Submitted checklist.

 

Wine Under The Stars

Share a night of wonder and wine under the stars with the Astronomical Society of Victoria at Shiraz Republic.
All funds raised will go to the ASV's Pathways to The Planets (All Abilities Astronomy) Project.
When: Saturday 26th June 2021, 6pm - 11pm
Where: Shiraz Republic (Cornella Brewery) - 507 Hamblin Rd, Cornella
Cost: $95 Per Person


What's included:
- A glass of Shiraz Republic Wine or Cornella Brewery Beer.
- A choice of 3 meal options provided by Beatbox Food Truck (Set menu - see options below).
- A guided tour of the night sky, including viewing through telescopes and live projected images. You'll see galaxies, nebulae, star clusters and more!
- Astronomy themed quiz. The winner will receive a 1 year ASV membership and a pair of binoculars (courtesy of Sidereal Trading).


Meal Options:
1. Fried Chicken Sandwich + Fries, Popcorn Chicken, Pickles & Sauces.
(Crispy chicken, lettuce, pickles, miso buttermilk dressing)
2. Shroom Burger + Fries, Tofu, Pickles & Sauces
(Whole portobello, lettuce, onion, tomato, gouda cheese & stereo sauce (vegetarian or vegan available)
3. Raph Burger + Fries, Popcorn Chicken, Pickles & Sauces (155gm beef, gouda cheese, lettuce, onion, tomato, stereo sauce)


Purchase your tickets through TryBooking - https://www.trybooking.com/BQUQD

 

Beerstronomy

 

Join us on Wednesday the 2nd of June at Tiny’s Bar & Bottle Shop in Scoresby for a night of astronomy with a virtual tour of the night sky, telescope viewing, live image stacking and astronomy-themed quiz.

All funds raised will go to the ASV's Pathways to The Planets - AAA Project.

When: Wednesday, June 2nd from 6:30pm - 10pm
Where: Tiny’s Bar & Bottle Shop - Shop 1/1333 Ferntree Gully Road, Scoresby, VIC 3179
Beer: Hawkers Beer Hazy Pale

Quiz Prize: $20 Tiny’s Bar Voucher & Binoculars (Supplied by Sidereal Trading)

Cost: $40 Pp (includes 1 pot of beer & Cheese Platter)
Purchase Your Tickets through TryBooking - www.trybooking.com/BQTQL

 

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

   

ASV Monthly Meetings

 

The ASV Monthly Meetings (held on the 2nd Wednesday of each month) are now being streamed through our public Facebook page and YouTube channel.
Our next meeting is on Wednesday 9th June 2021 starts at 8:00 pm.
Topic: To be advised.
The presentation will be followed by Perry’s Sky for the Month.
The Monthly meetings are live-streamed to our Facebook page via YouTube.
Missed the meeting?  You can now catch up on the ASV YouTube channel

 

  

LMDSS Update - COVID SUMMER 

 

The LMDSS is now open, under the COVID SUMMER guidelines, for All members from 21st December 2020.
Please see the LMDSS Access Information page in the Members area for more information.
  

Pathways to the Planets

Here at the Astronomical Society of Victoria, we believe that everyone should have the opportunity to learn about and observe the wonders of our universe.

That's why we've initiated our Pathways to the Planets project - to raise valuable funds for improving the facilities at our dark sky site which will enable access to the site and purpose-built astronomical equipment for limited mobility and low vision observers.

To read more about this exciting project or to donate to this incredible cause, please visit: Pathways to the Planet

Crux Magazine for April-May 2021

The April-May 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.

ASV 2021 Yearbook Online

The ASV 2021 Yearbook is now available in PDF for downloading by Members.

ASV Items For Sale

A section in the ASV Forum has been created for members wanting to buy or sell Astronomical Items.

Please log in to the Members Only section and visit the Forum or click on the 'Chat' icon.

The Great Melbourne Telescope Restoration Project

Here's a link to a story by Liz Clarkson with a number of images of ASV members hard at work in restoring the Great Melbourne Telescope. It gives a little bit of history and outlines the aims and current status of the project to bring this telescope back to Melbourne Observatory, in a working condition for members of the public to look through. It was once the largest steerable telescope in the world back in the late 1880s.

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.

Tue 18 May

The Diurnals

10.30am - 12.15pm

Location:

Speaker: Rob Arrowsmith, ASV
Topic: Space Exploration
Location: ASV Lodge and Zoom
For further information contact Section Director: Patricia Larkin

Wed 19 May

New Astronomers Group (NAG)

7.30pm - 10.30pm

Topic:

Informal open discussion night. An opportunity to talk amongst ourselves share our interests, studies & projects.
Please bring along your burning new to Astronomy question(s). Do you have something to show or share? Show us your current project, have you brought something new for your scope, a book or article that caught your eye, favourite website, are you, have you discovered a new Space App. 
Whatever it is you're welcome to join us.
Location: ASV Lodge and Zoom
For more information, contact Section Director: Ken Le Marquand: 
E:nag@asv.org.au

Thu 20 May

Bendigo District Astronomical Section (BDAS)

7.30pm - 10.00pm

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

Fri 21 May

Lunar and Planetary Section meeting

8.00pm - 10.30pm

Online via Zoom
For more information, contact Section Director: Stewart Beveridge

Sat 22 May

Astronomy Fair rescheduled till 19th June

4.00pm - 5.00pm

Sun 23 May

Astrophotography Section meeting

2.30pm - 4.30pm

Topic: TBA
Presenters: TBA
Location: ASV Lodge or Zoom
For more information, contact Section Director: Paul Litchen

Wed 26 May

Lunar Eclipse

7.30pm - 10.30pm

Location: Caulfield Racecourse, Gate 22 Station St, Caulfield East VIC 3145, Australia

When: Wednesday, 26th May from 7:30pm

Where: Caulfield Racecourse Reserve, access is via Gate21

Cost: Free (Gold Coin Donation) - Tickets Limited to1,000

If you can’t make it we will be live streaming the event.

Register: https://www.trybooking.com/BQWWA

Blood Moon is not a scientific term, though in recent times it is being widely used to refer to a total lunar eclipse because a fully eclipsed Moon often takes on a reddish colour.
A total lunar eclipse happens when the Moon travels through the Earth's umbra and blocks all direct sunlight from illuminating the Moon's surface.
However, some sunlight still reaches the lunar surface indirectly, via the Earth's atmosphere, bathing the Moon in a reddish, yellow, or orange glow.

Thu 27 May

Council

7.30pm - 10.30pm

ASV Council meeting

Fri 28 May

Club Section

8.00pm - 11.00pm

Club Section meetings will recommence on Friday, 28th May 2021.
The meetings will be held at the ASV Lodge on the first and last Friday of the month between 8:00pm – 11:00pm.
Please note that due to Covid-19 restrictions, the maximum number of attendees allowed is limited to 18.
Members wishing to attend a Club Section meeting must register via the ‘trybooking’ link located in the Members’ area under Club Section.
Once the maximum number of attendees has been reached, no further registrations can be made for that meeting night.
Come along for a chat, all members welcome.

Sun 30 May

Historical Section meeting

1.00pm - 5.00pm

Location: ASV Lodge

For further information, contact Section Director: Rod Brown

Sun 30 May

Solar Section meeting

2.00pm - 4.00pm

Location: Birdwood Avenue, Birdwood Ave, Melbourne VIC 3004, Australia

Location: Meet in the ASV Library at 1:50pm
For more information contact: Russ Cockman, Section Director
Email: solar@asv.org.au

Wed 2 June

Cosmology and Astro-Physics Section Meeting

8.00pm - 10.30pm

Discuss current news in Cosmology and Astro-Physics
Topic:

Location: ASV Lodge
“All Welcome – Bring an Open Mind”
Note: ASV members only

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

Thu 3 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 4 June

Club Section

8.00pm - 11.00pm

Club Section meetings will recommence on Friday, 28th May 2021.
The meetings will be held at the ASV Lodge on the first and last Friday of the month between 8:00pm – 11:00pm.
Please note that due to Covid-19 restrictions, the maximum number of attendees allowed is limited to 18.
Members wishing to attend a Club Section meeting must register via the ‘trybooking’ link located in the Members’ area under Club Section.
Once the maximum number of attendees has been reached, no further registrations can be made for that meeting night.
Come along for a chat, all members welcome.

More events: Calendar